Microbiology

Theme Director: Janet Yother, PhD
Email: jyother@uab.edu
Theme Co-Director: Sunnie Thompson, PhD
Email: sunnie@uab.edu
Website: https://www.uab.edu/gbs/home/themes/mic
GBS Email: grad-gbs@uab.edu

Theme Information

The Microbiology (MIC) theme is a part of the UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences Program. We are an interdisciplinary program emphasizing the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Over 40 faculty members from the Departments of Microbiology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Genetics, Pathology, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Dentistry are involved in internationally renowned research and the training of Ph.D.-level graduate students. Currently, more than 70 students are in training in the laboratories of our faculty. Primary areas of research interest include the genetics, physiology, and molecular biology of microbes and how microbial pathogens cause disease. Basic cellular processes, host-pathogen interactions, and the design of innovative strategies for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases are under study in the laboratories of our faculty. Students graduating from the Program are well-versed in modern microbiology and have the experience to pursue a diversity of career opportunities.


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
Prokaryotic Genetics and Molecular Biology
Structural Biology for Micro
Microbial Pathogenesis
Virology
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 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, 2nd year until graduation. Courses selected from the following: GBS 728, GBS 736, GBS 746J, GBS 747JGBS 756, GBS 766, GBS 776, GBS 786J, GBS 793

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 Microbiology theme is located here