Neuroscience Theme

Theme Director: Karen Gamble, PhD
Theme Co-Director: Lucas Pozzo-Miller, PhD
GBS Email:

Theme Information

The UAB Neuroscience (NEURO) theme is a portal into the comprehensive neuroscience research opportunities at UAB. Students entering the Neuroscience Graduate Theme will find a home and anchor for their entire graduate experience. Throughout a student's entire Ph.D. career, the faculty and staff of the Neuroscience Graduate Program provide continued support, encouragement, and guidelines for success. The theme-based UAB Neuroscience Graduate Program seeks to equip and train students to become tomorrow's innovative neuroscientists by

  • Teaching basic neuroscience ideas that become stepping stones to more in-depth research
  • Providing unique professional and scientific avenues through which they can develop their presentation skills, learn critical thinking and how to design experiments
  • Offering students the opportunity to choose neuroscience research from a multitude of options available through labs all over campus, not limiting students to a department but, rather, a discipline
  • Providing opportunities for informal interaction with other students to discuss research, scientific writing, as well as a social  network of peers to assist students in staying grounded Students enter the neuroscience theme either through direct admit into the program or after their first year when moving into the permanent lab of a neuroscience mentor. Neuroscience theme students follow the neuroscience curriculum and do not join a departmental  graduate program nor follow a departmental graduate program curriculum. The student becomes affiliated with the department in which the mentor holds his/her primary appointment for the purpose of the awarding of the degree.


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
Cell Neurophysiology
Developmental Neuroscience
Neuro Systems
Theme Required Courses22
Introduction to Neurobiology (Dauphin Island Course) 1
Diseases of the Nervous System
Neuro Student Summer Seminar Series 2
Graduate Neuroscience Journal Discussion 3
Nuerobiology Seminar Series 4
GBS Required Courses6
Intro to Biostats
Principles of Scientific Integrity
Grant-Writing/Scientific-Writing 52
Three Advanced Courses 69
Journal Clubs 78
Research Hours 824
Total Hours88

Dauphin Island course- Required summer before the 1st year. 


  Required each summer semester.


 Required each fall and spring of 1st year. 


 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 715, GBS 718, GBS 726,GBS 727, GBS 729, GBS 732, GBS 739, GBS 749GBS 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. 


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 Neuroscience theme is located here