Graduate Biomedical Sciences

The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers a large and diverse community of scientists focused on innovation in modern biomedicine. The thrill of discovery is evident across campus—UAB routinely ranks among the top research-intensive universities for extramural funding and research productivity.

The Graduate Biomedical Sciences (GBS) Doctoral Training Program is designed to provide students with rigorous, interdisciplinary education and mentorship in a wide array of scientific disciplines. GBS trainees can perform doctoral research in more than 350 different labs across campus. Because of the program's scale and the number of affiliated faculty, it is subdivided into eight individual themes that provide discipline-specific training and opportunities for smaller-scale connections within the overall community.

Interdisciplinary Themes: 

Biochemistry, Structural, & Stem Cell Biology (BSSB) Theme

Cancer Biology (CANB) Theme

Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology (CMDB) Theme

Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics (GGB) Theme

Immunology (IMM) Theme

Microbiology (MIC) Theme

Neuroscience (NESC) Theme

Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine (PBMM) Theme

For a full listing of GBS Faculty, visit here


Completion of the training requirements in one of the above interdisciplinary themes provides eligibility for conferral of one of the following PhD degrees: 

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology

If you have any further questions, please contact the following GBS Office Staff or visit the GBS website