Theme Director Janet Yother, Ph.D.
Email jyother@uab.edu
Theme Co-Director Sunnie Thompson, Ph.D.
Email sunnie@uab.edu

Theme Information

Microbiology 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.

The Microbiology Theme emphasizes the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Over 60 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 PhD students. UAB has rapidly become a major center for biomedical research and ranks among the most prestigious research institutions in the world.


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
Microbial Genetics and Pathogenesis
Introduction to Structural Biology Methods
Communicating Science: Reading, Writing and Presentation
Theme Required Courses8
GBS Student Theme Meeting Course 1
GBS Required Courses49
Principles of Scientific Integrity
Grant-Writing/Scientific Communication 2
Biostatistics 3
Three Advanced Courses 4
Journal Clubs 5
Research 6
Total Hours75

Theme Faculty

The faculty listing for the Microbiology theme is located here

For further information, please reference the GBS website