Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology Theme

Theme Director: Alecia Gross, PhD
Email: agross@uab.edu
Theme Co-Director: John Parant, PhD
Email: jparant@uab.edu
Website: https://www.uab.edu/gbs/home/themes/cmdb
GBS Email: grad-gbs@uab.edu

Theme Information

The Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology (CMDB) graduate theme is part of an umbrella graduate program in Biomedical Sciences that focuses on basic process in cell, molecular and developmental biology and how defects in these processes result in human diseases and birth defects. CMDB students will receive comprehensive training and instruction in cell, molecular, and developmental biology using modern tools and approaches as well as a wide range of model organisms and cell culture systems. The overall goal of the theme is to develop well-rounded scholars with expertise applicable to multiple fields pertinent to a productive research and teaching career in academic science centers, research institutions, and industry.


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
Cell Signaling
Cellular and Molecular Aspects of Developmental Biology
Developmental Neuroscience
Stem Cell Biology
Theme Required Courses 19
Methods and Scientific Logic
Model Systems for Genetic Analyses
CMDB Seminar 1
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 Hours85

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


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


Courses selected from the following: GBS 700, GBS 702, GBS 705, GBS 715, GBS 718, GBS 726, GBS 727GBS 729, GBS 732GBS 739, GBS 745, GBS 749, GBS 754, GBS 755, GBS 757, GBS 765GBS 775, GBS 778, GBS 779, GBSC 705, 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 Cell, Molecular, and Development Biology theme is located here