Biochemistry, Structural, and Stem Cell Biology Theme

Theme Director: Thomas Ryan, PhD
Theme Co-Director: Chad Petit, PhD
GBS Email:

Theme Information

Biochemistry, Structural & Stem Cell Biology (BSSB) is looking for students who have a strong desire to understand life at the molecular level. 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.

Our faculty and students are dedicated to excellence in both coursework and research programs, and we are honored that our team’s accomplishments and discoveries have been chronicled in (Nature, Structure, other names here) and other noted journals and publications of record.  New students join a select family of faculty and students who work and study together within the Biochemistry, Structural, and Stem Cell Biology Theme at UAB. We teach you how to think- what questions to ask and where to search for answers. We give you the skills and background necessary to launch a successful scientific career as an independent researcher.

Whether you choose to pursue advanced studies in molecular genetics, stem cell biology, or many of the diverse areas of research within the Biochemistry, Structural, and Stem Cell Biology theme, you will find the work interesting, challenging and rewarding. It piques the curiosity, sparks the imagination, enlists your resourcefulness and brings a sense of fulfillment that comes from exciting research and exhilarating discover.


Prospective students should visit the GBS Admissions page for information on admissions requirements, application deadlines, and how to apply.


Lab Rotations3
Lab Rotation I
Lab Rotation 2
Lab Rotation 3
Core Courses6
Basic Biochemistry and Metabolism
Basic Genetics and Molecular Biology
Basic Biological Organization
Module Courses8
Molecular Enzymology
Molecular Genetics
RNA Biology
Stem Cell Biology
Theme Required Courses8
GBS Student Theme Meeting Course 1
GBS Required Courses6
Intro to Biostats
Principles of Scientific Integrity
Grant-Writing/Scientific-Writing 22
Three Advanced Courses 39
Journal Clubs 48
Research Hours 524
Total Hours74

Required each fall and spring semester, 2nd year until graduation


Course selected from the following: GBS 716GBS 725 , GBS 768GBSC 726


Courses selected from the following: GBS 700, GBS 702, GBS 715, GBS 718, GBS 726, GBS 727GBS 729, GBS 732GBS 739, GBS 749, GBS 754, GBS 757, GBS 765, GBS 775, GBS 778, GBS 779, GBSC 705, GBSC 706, GBSC 707, GBSC 708, GBSC 709, GBSC 710, GBSC 712, GBSC 715, GBSC 717, GBSC 721, GBSC 724, GBSC 725, GBSC 728, GBSC 730, GBSC 732 GBSC 734, GBSC 735, GBSC 740, GBSC 741 or approved course. 


Required each fall and spring semester, 2nd year until graduation. Courses selected from the following: GBS 728, GBS 736, GBS 746J, GBS 747J, GBS 756, GBS 766, GBS 776, GBS 786J, GBS 793, GBSC 700, GBSC 720


 24 hours in GBS 799, or 12 hours in GBS 798 and 12 hours in GBS 799.

Financial Support

All students accepted into GBS programs receive a competitive annual stipend and fully paid tuition and fees. Single coverage health insurance is also provided at no cost to the student through VIVA Health UAB. The annual stipend for the current academic year is $29,000. The total annual award value, including stipend, tuition, fees and health insurance is >$37,500. Stipends are reviewed and updated regularly.

Theme Faculty

The faculty listing for the Biochemistry and Structural Biology theme is located here