""Lisa Schwiebert, PhD
Interim Dean, UAB Graduate School

Imagine the bustling streets of a flourishing city nestled in the foothills of the magnificent Appalachian Mountains. Here, in the nation’s eighth largest hospital, doctors, researchers, and scientists contribute greatly to the development of medicine and life saving techniques. These very same professionals impart their knowledge and experience as they teach our enrolled students. Imagine each student reaching new heights of discovery and knowledge with every class they complete. You now have a picture of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Founded in 1945 as an Academic Health Sciences Center, UAB now ranks as 179th (top 10%) globally in the Center for World University Rankings for the impact of research and teaching. Our campus encompasses 100 blocks in the heart of Birmingham, located in central Alabama. Nicknamed “The Magic City”, Birmingham once thrived on steel, iron, and the industries they brought. Today our charming southern oasis bursts with science, research and entrepreneurship. We have more green space per capita than any other city in the country. Birmingham offers countless unique attractions which include Vulcan Park and Museum, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, McWane Science Center and Sloss Furnaces. Our enviable social scene boasts numerous delectable restaurants, with several of them winning, or being nominated for a James Beard Award.

UAB Graduate School is providing and inspiring today’s accomplished scholars with a roadmap designed to transform tomorrow by improving lives globally. Sixteen of our Graduate School programs rank among the top 25 in “America’s Best Graduate Schools” list by U.S. News & World Report 2022.

The diverse makeup of UAB Graduate School includes students, faculty, and staff who proudly represent over 100 countries. There are 7,665 graduate students involved in research. We host several reoccurring outreach events including Discoveries in the Making and 3 Minute Thesis, which supply both current students and postdocs the opportunity to share their research and interact with the surrounding community. At the Graduate School, we highlight our students’ successes, and we advocate for them as they forge their future.

Thank you for your interest in UAB. I invite you to visit our campus and experience for yourself our warm and welcoming community. Our UAB Graduate School website has been recently updated, helping to provide you with the latest information on our Graduate School programs and resources. Please know that our faculty and staff are here for you from start to finish.


Lisa Schwiebert, PhD
Interim Dean, UAB Graduate School
Senior Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs
Professor, Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology
Director, Mentored Experiences in Research, Instruction, and Teaching (MERIT) Program