Director's Welcome

Greetings, and welcome to the Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology (CMDB) theme, part of the Graduate Biomedical Sciences program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. The CMDB theme consists of a diverse group of scientists and physicians who have a collective interest in fundamental processes in cell, molecular, and developmental biology and how alterations in these processes result in human diseases and birth defects.  UAB is among the top 25 NIH-funded research institutions in the US. 

Each of our faculty is committed to providing the strongest education and training in fields of cellular, molecular, and developmental biology to ensure students develop the necessary skills for a career in science. This is accomplished through a strong emphasis on research, mentoring, and hands-on instruction with a curriculum that reflects rapid changes in science.  The broad scientific interests and expertise of our faculty along with the collaborative nature fostered at UAB provide an exciting environment of learning and discovery. 

CMDB is a cross-disciplinary theme at a UAB, where enthusiasm for scientific discovery through rigorous experimentation is at the forefront. The rapid pace with which science has advanced in recent years makes this an exciting time to be involved in biomedical research. 

We are always searching for the brightest and most dedicated students to join the highly competitive CMDB theme and experience first hand the excitement and thrill of making discoveries that will significantly improve human health.  We appreciate your time and interest in the CMDB theme.  If you would like additional information or would simply like to leave a comment, please send us an email.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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Dr. Alecia K. Gross Gutierrez
Associate Professor, Co-Director
Shelby Building, Room 906
1825 University Blvd.
Birmingham, AL  35294-2182
Faculty Web Page
Dr. Michelle Olsen
Assistant Professor, Co-Director
McCallum Building, Room 958A
1918 University Blvd.
Birmingham, AL  35294-2182 
Faculty Web Page


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Ms. Nan Travis
Program Administrator II
Shelby Building, Room 120B
1825 University Blvd.         

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