Research & Training


studentmicro2Students in the Neurobiology Department work with a highly supportive and diverse faculty.

A wide range of exciting research and training opportunities are available to students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. at the UAB Department of Neurobiology. The program has  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.

The Research Facilities and Curriculum are designed to provide students in the Graduate Program with a practical, challenging, and rewarding post-graduate experience.

Research Facilities

circbuilding2The Department of Neurobiology has labs housed in the Shelby Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building, completed in 2006 and also in the Civitan International Research Center building, built in 1992.  With laboratories outfitted by major national foundations including the Evelyn F. Mcknight Foundation, Lucille P. Markey Foundation and the W.M. Keck Foundation. The Department primary faculty occupy research space in both buildings and the secondary faculty occupy an additional 25,000 square feet of research space in adjacent buildings. Facilities available to students include laser scanning confocal microscopy, molecular neurobiology core, neuronal cell culture suites, neuronal gene transfection core, electron microscopy core, fluorescent microscopy-digital imaging core, a large number of patch clamp electrophysiology suites, dye imaging facilities, and a Neurobiology library with current subscriptions to most major neuroscience journals. In addition, students have access to peptide and oligonucleotide sequencing facilities, hybridoma and transgenic animal facilities and the Lister Hill Library for the Health Sciences.

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Requirements for the Ph.D. in Neurobiology

Successful completion of core courses in Biomedical Science.

Possibilities include:

  • Cell and Molecular Neurobiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Integrative Neuroscience
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Contemporary Methods in Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
  • Statistics for Biomedical Science
  • Successful completion of advanced courses in Neurobiology.

    Possibilities include:

  • Biophysics of Membrane Excitability
  • Mechanisms of Signal Transduction
  • Medical Neuroscience
  • Mind and Brain
  • Neurobiology of Disease
  • Principles of Synaptic Transmission
  • Principles of Synaptic Plasticity
  • Participation in the Departmental Seminar and Journal Club Series
  • Successful completion of the Qualifying Examination
  • Participation as a Teaching Assistant
  • Defense of Research Thesis