Microbiology News

  • Leon RuizMicrobiology assistant professor Beatriz León-Ruiz, Ph.D., has been named the junior faculty winner of the 2015 Dean’s Excellence Award in Research. This honor recognizes exceptional contributions made by School of...
  • 2015CapitolHillDayMicrobiology professor Dr. Louis Justement and three other UAB professors were among 50 scientists from 27 states to meet with congressional staff during Capitol Hill Day, April 14, 2015.

    “The annual Capitol...

  • 2015FacultyRetreatOnce a year, faculty members of the microbiology department join for a day-long retreat to discuss developments in their current research and plans for continued study. This year’s meeting included...

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Susan Roberts Dubay Endowed Lecture
Date: September 1, 2015
Speaker: Eric Hunter, Ph.D.

24th Annual Microbiology Research Retreat

November 13 - 15, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Flavius Martin, M.D.

Bertram M. Marx Lecture
March 15, 2016
Speaker: Roy Curtiss, III, Ph.D.

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The research results of faculty and students in the Microbiology Department often serve as a driving force for many significant scientific advances. This outstanding work attracts national and international attention. UAB and the Microbiology Department continue to place among the top in national surveys.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is the top university and eighth overall institution among those ranked in the “Best Places to Work – Postdocs” survey published in The Scientist.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is among 11 universities nationally (and the only Alabama university) to earn the prestigious Beckman Scholars Award, which provides scholarship funds to universities demonstrating exceptional mentoring and training of undergraduate researchers. The first Beckman Scholarship Award was presented in 2012 to UAB Microbiology Department student Timothy Fernandez, a senior undergraduate student working in the lab of Jamil Saad, Ph.D.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is ranked 32nd nationally in federal research funding and 20th in funding from the National Institutes of Health (10th among public universities).


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