Biochemistry & Structural Biology

Theme Director Thomas Ryan, Ph.D.
Theme Co-Director Chad Petit, Ph.D.

Theme Information

Biochemistry & Structural Biology (BSB) is one of eight interdisciplinary PhD themes within Graduate Biomedical Sciences (GBS). Students select a theme upon application but have access to faculty and courses from across GBS, allowing for flexibility in both research and academics.

BSB provides training opportunities in a multitude of contemporary areas of basic and translational research. Our goal is to prepare our students for independent research careers in academic research institutions and industry. Our students have access to a large pool of mentors from across UAB with expertise in varied research areas, specializing in:

  • Understanding the chemistry of life (biochemistry),
  • A mechanistic understanding of life at the molecular level (structural biology), and
  • The study of self-renewal, differentiation, and regeneration of cells (stem cell biology).


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

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. Please reference the GBS Financial Support page for further information.


Lab Rotations3
Lab Rotation 1
Lab Rotation 2
Lab Rotation 3
Core Courses7
Core Concepts in Research: Critical Thinking & Error Analysis
Basic Biochemistry and Metabolism
Basic Genetics and Molecular Biology
Basic Biological Organization
Module Courses 18
Theme Required Courses8
GBS Student Theme Meeting Course 2
GBS Required Courses49
Principles of Scientific Integrity
Grant-Writing/Scientific Communication 3
Biostatistics 4
Journal Clubs 5
Three Advanced Courses 6
Research 7
Total Hours75

Theme Faculty

The faculty listing for the Biochemistry and Structural Biology theme is located here

For further information, please reference the GBS website