Discover the stories behind UAB research

UAB embodies a spirit of discovery that advances knowledge, solves ancient mysteries and real-world problems and drives economic development. Our research faculty rank among the nation’s best funded and are noted for exceptional mentoring and training — from undergraduate researchers to post-doctoral fellows.

Home to some of the nation’s most prestigious centers for the study of cancer, neuroscience, AIDS, diabetes and more, UAB excels at translating medical discoveries in the lab to revolutionary therapies at the bedside and in clinics.

Across campus, faculty are engineering revolutionary new materials for dental implants, body armor and spacecraft and developing new technologies for virtual reality, robotic surgery, greener vehicles, disease-free food and leading-edge research in cybercrime. Others are exploring the marine depths of Antarctica, using satellite imaging to discover ancient Egyptian settlements and partnering with NASA to explore the final frontier.

See how we're using knowledge to tackle historic and emerging needs.


  • Study in Success

    UAB's Beckman scholars get the chance to do funded research as undergraduates, making a real contribution to the study of cancer and other diseases as they jumpstart their own careers.

  • Cities of Tomorrow

    New Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center is seeking a fresh formula for growth

  • Street Smarts

    Dean Sicking's inventions have saved thousands of lives on American highways—but he has even bigger plans

  • Changing the World with a Checkup

    Patients at Kaye Shaw's Fairhope dental office are contributing to the future of dentistry. Shaw participates in the National Dental Practice-Based Network, an ambitious initiative linking local dentists to researchers at UAB and other institutions.

  • Origins of Obesity?

    Could your place in the social pecking order trigger obesity? It’s an unusual idea that won UAB a federal grant to explore energetics—the way our bodies acquire, store, and use energy.