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Microbiology Theme (MIC)

Research Areas- Virology, Bacteriology, Infectious Diseases, Host-pathogen Interactions, Microbial Genetics, Eukaryotic Microbiology

Microbiology 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.

The Microbiology Theme emphasizes the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Over 60 faculty members from the Departments of Microbiology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Genetics, Pathology, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Dentistry are involved in internationally renowned research and the training of PhD students. UAB has rapidly become a major center for biomedical research and ranks among the most prestigious research institutions in the world.


Our students' primary areas of research interests include the genetics, physiology, and molecular biology microbes and how microbial pathogens cause disease. Our faculty laboratories study basic cellular processes, host-pathogen interactions, and the design of innovative strategies for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. Students graduating from the program are well-versed in modern microbiology and have the experience to pursue a diversity of career opportunities. 

See here for MIC theme requirements.

Why should you join the Microbiology Theme at UAB?

UAB has a vibrant microbiology community in a highly collegial and collaborative environment. Students can participate in GBSO, a student community that not only enriches the graduate school experience but also promotes leadership and network opportunities that enhance career development.

Where will this degree take you?

We train our students for a future career in science, including academic and industry research, teaching, science policy, and science writing. Learn where GBS graduates are now.


MIC Theme Contacts

Theme Director

Theme Director

Dr. Janet Yother
(205) 934-9531
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Theme Co-Director

Theme Co-Director

Dr. Sunnie Thompson
(205) 996.7101
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