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Biochemistry & Structural Biology Theme (BSB)

Research Areas- Biophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Enzymology, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Biology, Structural Biology

Biochemistry & Structural Biology (BSB) is one of eight interdisciplinary PhD themes within Graduate Biomedical Sciences (GBS).  Students select a theme upon application but have access to faculty and courses from across GBS, allowing for flexibility in both research and academics.

BSB provides training opportunities in a multitude of contemporary areas of basic and translational research. Our goal is to prepare our students for independent research careers in academic research institutions and industry. Our students have access to a large pool of mentors from across UAB with expertise in varied research areas, specializing in:

  • Understanding the chemistry of life (biochemistry),
  • The study of self-renewal, differentiation, and regeneration of cells (stem cell biology).


BSB training incorporates hands-on experience in state-of-the-art methodologies to study a wide array of biological and pathobiological processes. Our research programs are challenging and contemporary, and teach both laboratory skills and communication techniques vital to presenting research in oral or published form. Our goal is to teach the skills, implant the inspiration, encourage imagination, and nurture the dedication essential for our graduates to become world-class researchers. 

See here for BSB theme requirements.

Why should you join the BSB Theme at UAB?

Our theme directors and mentors are intimately involved in training students to achieve their potential, both in the classroom and in experimental settings. Our faculty are leaders in their respective fields but also have a passion for training the next generation of scientists. Research conducted by our students and faculty provides the groundwork for a fundamental understanding of a diverse array of biological and pathobiological processes — supporting the development of novel treatment options for human diseases and provides novel molecular tools for research and medicine.

Where will this degree take you?

Our primary goal is to train our students for a future career in science, focusing on academic and industry research. We also prepare students for careers such as teaching, science policy, and science writing. Learn where GBS graduates are now.


BSB 2023 Incoming Students

Nathan Bellis

Lauren Fielding

Ibukun Folorunso

Brea Ford

Sajal Kumar Halder

Nhi Nguyen

Holly Petersen

Melika Razavi Hashemi


BSB Theme Contacts

Theme Director

Theme Director

Dr. Thomas Ryan
(205) 996.2175
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