UAB is one of America’s premier research universities, ranking among the top 25 in funding from the National Institutes of Health. Vision research is especially strong at UAB with 55 faculty from eleven departments constituting the Vision Science Research Center, a university-wide interdisciplinary research center. The Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering is also a world class university-wide research center emphasizing structural biology, crystallography and space-related engineering. Both of these centers are part of the UAB School of Optometry.