Immunology Theme

Theme Director: Louis B. Justement, PhD
Email: lbjust@uab.edu
Theme Co-Director: Laurie Harrington, PhD
Email: lharring@uab.edu
Theme Co-Director: Christopher Klug, PhD
Email: chrisk@uab.edu
Website: https://www.uab.edu/gbs/home/themes/ggb
GBS Email: grad-gbs@uab.edu

Theme Information

The Immunology Graduate Theme is a part of the UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences Program. We are an interdisciplinary program emphasizing the study of multiple aspects of the immune system, from basic molecular mechanisms to whole animal studies and human translational research. The remarkable breadth of our program can be seen in the primary departments of the almost fifty theme faculty members. Faculty from the Departments of Microbiology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Genetics, Biology, Pathology, Medicine, Pediatrics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Surgery, Opthalmology, Dermatology, and Dentistry are involved in internationally recognized research and in the training of PhD-level graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Currently, forty-five students are in training in the laboratories of our immunology faculty. Primary areas of research include: Allergy, Autoimmunity, Cancer Immunology, Clinical/Translational, Developmental Immunology, Host Defense, Immunodeficiency, Immunogenetics, Inflammation, Mucosal Immunology, Neuroimmunology, Structural Immunology, and Transplantation Immunology. Students obtaining a PhD in the Immunology Graduate Theme will be well-versed in modern immunology and have the option to pursue diverse career pathways.

Admissions 

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


Curriculum

RequirementsHours
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
Introduction to Immunology Part 1
Introduction to Immunology Part 2
Lymphocyte Biology
Mucosal Immunology
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
1

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

2

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

3

Courses selected from the following: GBS 700, GBS 702, GBS 715, GBS 718, GBS 726, GBS 727GBS 729, GBS 732GBS 739, GBS 745, 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.  

4

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

5

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 Immunology theme is located here