Genetics, Genomics, & Bioinformatics Theme (GGB)

The GGB theme provides flexible, didactic, and integrated training opportunity across the broad disciplines of genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics. Our goal is to prepare our students for independent research careers in experimental and computational disciplines, or the combination of those in academic research institutions and industry. To support this broad subject, the academic departments at UAB offer a large pool of mentors with expertise in varied research areas. The research interests of our mentors and students span the fields of genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, cancer biology, biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, immunology and neuroscience. In addition, we teamed up with the UAB Informatics Institute and Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology to accommodate training in their specific areas.


GGB training incorporates hands-on experience in state-of-the-art molecular techniques to study gene structure, expression, and function in diverse experimental systems. These include but are not limited to cellular organelles, cells, and tissues from a variety of model organisms such as mice, Drosophila, Caenorhabditis elegans, Zebrafish, and human samples. The theme fosters collaborations during the Ph.D. training period between graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty, while encouraging participation in the community of biological scientists at UAB and Hudson Alpha Institute of Biotechnology.

Why should you join the GGB Theme at UAB?

Our theme leadership and mentors offer day-to-day, personal interactions between students and faculty, both in the classroom and in experimental settings. Our faculty are not only leaders in their fields, but outstanding mentors as well. Research conducted by our students and faculty lead to identification of human disorders, their causes, and pathomechanisms. The results of these studies support the development of novel treatment options for human diseases and create new technologies for research and medicine. Our students have a vibrant student community, GBSO, that supports not only collaborations between students and faculty, but recreational activities as well.

Where will this degree take you?

Our former students are leaders in academic research, industry, medicine, or professors in higher education institutions nationwide. We also prepare our studentsfor alternative careers.

Welcome 2017 GGB Incoming Students

Itika Arora, Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis
Kellie Brown, University of Mobile
Luke Potter, Trevecca Nazarene University

GGB Theme Contacts

Theme Director

Theme Director

Dr. Kevin Dybvig
(205) 934-9327
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Theme Co-Director

Theme Co-Director

Dr. Zsuzsa Bebok
(205) 975-5449
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