Theme Director Karen Gamble, Ph.D.
Theme Co-Director Lucas Pozzo-Miller, Ph.D.
Theme Assistant Director Cristin Gavin, Ph.D.

Theme Information

Neuroscience 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 Neuroscience Theme provides training opportunities in multiple and contemporary areas of neuroscience research — from fundamental discovery science at the molecular, cellular, systems, and behavioral levels, to translational studies in cellular and animal models of diseases of the nervous system. Outstanding research faculty from various schools, departments, and centers participate in training the next generation of neuroscientists. The Neuroscience Theme seeks to equip and train students to become tomorrow's innovative neuroscientists by:

  • Teaching fundamental neuroscience concepts that are the stepping-stones needed for a deeper understanding of nervous system function.
  • Providing unique professional and scientific avenues through which they can develop their presentation skills and learn critical thinking and experimental design.
  • Offering the opportunity to choose neuroscience research from multiple options available through laboratories across the UAB campus — not limiting students to a department but, rather, a discipline.
  • Providing opportunities for informal interactions with other students to discuss research, scientific writing, and life outside and beyond graduate school.


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
Cell Neurophysiology
Developmental Neuroscience
Neuro Systems
Theme Required Courses18
Introduction to Neurobiology (Dauphin Island Course) 1
Neuro Student Summer Seminar Series 2
Nuerobiology Seminar Series 3
GBS Required Courses49
Principles of Scientific Integrity
Grant-Writing/Scientific Communication 4
Biostatistics 5
Journal Clubs 6
Three Advanced Courses 7
Research 8
Total Hours85

Theme Faculty

The faculty listing for the Neuroscience theme is located here

For further information, please reference the GBS website