Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics Graduate Program (GGB)

Theme Director: Kevin Dybvig, PhD
Theme Co-Director: Zsuzsa Bebok, MD
GBS Email:

Theme Information

The main goal of the Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics Graduate Program (GGB) is to provide students with an outstanding, flexible, didactic training experience to prepare them for independent and innovative careers in research. The Program emphasizes a broad approach to the fundamental principles of genetics and genomics, and offers a large pool of mentors with expertise in a wide variety of areas. The GGB theme offers close day-to-day interactions between students and faculty, both in the classroom and the laboratory.

The research interests of our program faculty span the fields of genetics, genomics, cancer, biochemistry, cell biology, and developmental biology. Modern molecular approaches are used to study gene structure, expression, and function in diverse experimental systems including humans, mice, Drosophila, C. elegans, and other organisms such as bacteria. The GGB theme is also designed to permit close collaborations during the Ph.D. training period between graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty, while also encouraging full participation in the larger community of biological scientists at UAB.


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
Principles of Human Genetics
Genomic Structure and Function
Theme Required Courses11
Methods and Scientific Logic
Model Systems for Genetic Analyses
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 Hours77

Required each 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 732 GBS 739, GBS 749, GBS 754, GBS 757, GBS 765, GBS 767, 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 Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics theme is located here