Graduate Program

neuronWelcome to the UAB Department of Neurobiology's Graduate Program web site. Many exciting opportunities are available to students in one of the nation's fastest growing neurobiology post graduate programs.

The Department of Neurobiology offers students interested in the nervous system a program of study that leads to the Ph.D. in Neurobiology or a combined M.D./Ph.D. through The University of Alabama School of Medicine located at UAB. The graduate program has numerous faculty members with active research programs from a broad range of areas in contemporary neuroscience with a major focus on topics of biomedical importance. Molecular, cellular and biophysical approaches are emphasized to address fundamental problems of brain function, development and disease. All students take a series of graduate courses in biochemistry and molecular biology, cell biology, ion channel biophysics, synaptic function, developmental neurobiology and medical neurobiology.

In addition to the core curriculum, students perform a series of three laboratory rotations, they select from a series of advanced elective courses including receptor and ion channel kinetics, synaptic plasticity, intracellular signaling and the biology of neurological and psychiatric disease. Students also participate in journal clubs, student presentations and a visiting speaker's program. Students are encouraged to attend national and international neuroscience meetings throughout their graduate training. A thesis advisor is selected by students at the end of the first year. Students take a departmental qualifying examination and present a thesis proposal in the second year. Upon successful completion of these requirements, the student is admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. The Ph.D. is awarded after the defense of the final dissertation, usually in the fourth or fifth year.

Exciting research and training opportunities are available to students in UAB's Neurobiology program.

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