Dr. John M. McKibbin chaired the Department of Biochemistry from 1961 to 1982, and continued to serve as a professor in the department until 1986. 

Each year in May, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics hosts an annual competition for John M. McKibbin Pre-doctoral Research Fellowships. The purpose of the program is to recognize and reward graduate students who show outstanding promise for successful careers in research. These awards are given in honor of the many contributions made by the late John M. McKibbin, Professor and past chairman of the Department of Biochemistry at UAB.

McKibbin AwardCongratulations to Saman Maheen Najmi: 2019 McKibbin Outstanding Young Investigator. The title of her presentation was:  “Nip it in the bud: Mechanisms that regulate ribosome biogenesis.”

McKibbin Award 2019.2

Recent Award Recipients 
Saman Maheen Najmi
"Nip it in the Bud: Mechanisms that regulate ribosome biogenesis." 
Audra Ann Hargett 
"HIV-1 Envelope N-glycan Network" 
Catherine Scull 
"Characterization of the enzymatic properties of Pol 1 trigger loop mutant rpa190-E1224G"

Picture1 Dr. John M. McKibbin teaching a biochemistry class.

McKibbin Award Timeline
1. Students training in BMG labs will submit their CVs for consideration of award by April 1st. 
2. Finalist are chosen by the committee by April 15th. 
3. Finalist will present their work to the committee and a winner will be selected during the 1st week of May. 
4. The winner will present their work to the department and McKibbin family at the annual reception on the 3rd Monday of May. 

Each year, the reception will be held on the 3rd Monday of May at 4PM in the Finley Conference Center. 

Who can apply for a McKibbin Fellowship?
All students entering their second year or later of graduate studies in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics qualify to complete for one of two awards. Candidates may be either Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D. students but must be currently registered as a full-time student in the Department. The McKibbin Fellowship award is given to a student in their fourth year or later of graduate studies. The McKibbin Young Investigator Award is given to a second or third year student.

What does a McKibbin Fellow win?
Both the McKibbin Fellow and the McKibbin Young Investigator Awards carry a cash prize of $1000 for the student, to support activity, such as books, journal subscriptions, computers, supplies or travel to a scientific meeting.