Theme Director Louis B. Justement, Ph.D.
Theme Co-Director Laurie Harrington, Ph.D.
Theme Co-Director Christopher Klug, Ph.D.

Theme Information

Immunology 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.

From the outset, UAB has been recognized as a leading academic research institution in the country and one of the world's premier centers for immunology research. Over 90 UAB faculty are actively engaged in immunological research, including:

  • Studies to understand the basic function of the immune system and the underlying pathophysiological processes that contribute to a range of immune-mediated diseases,
  • Translational studies that are focused on the development of vaccines and immunotherapeutics, and
  • Clinical studies that test novel therapies designed to mitigate immune-mediated diseases.

Immunology plays such an important role in the ongoing research endeavor at UAB that Inflammation, Infection, and Immunity (I3) was recently named as one of the five pillars of emphasis in the strategic plan for the UAB School of Medicine.


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 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 Courses49
Principles of Scientific Integrity
Grant-Writing/Scientific Communication 2
Biostatistics 3
Journal Clubs 4
Three Advanced Courses 5
Research 6
Total Hours75

Theme Faculty

The faculty listing for the Immunology theme is located here

For further information, please reference the GBS website