Genetics, Genomics & Bioninformatics

Theme Information

Genetics, Genomics, & Bioinformatics (GGB) 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 GGB theme provides flexible, didactic, and integrated training opportunities across the broad disciplines of genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics. Our goal is to prepare students for independent research careers in experimental and computational disciplines, or the combination of those in academic research institutions and industry. To support this broad subject, the academic departments at UAB offer a large pool of mentors with expertise in varied research areas. The research interests of our mentors and students span the fields of genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, cancer biology, biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, immunology, and neuroscience. In addition, we teamed up with the UAB Informatics Institute and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology to accommodate training in their specific areas.


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 Courses9
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 Hours76

Four modular courses selected from the following: GBS 710, GBS 712, GBS 714GBS 720, GBS 722, GBS 723GBS 724, GBS 740A, GBS 740B, GBS 741, GBS 744, GBS 750, GBS 751, GBS 752, GBS 753, GBS 760, GBS 762, GBS 763, GBS 764, GBS 769, GBS 770GBS 774, GBS 781, GBS 782, GBS 784, GBSC 718, GBSC 727, GBSC 729, GBSC 744, GBSC 747 


Required each fall and spring semester, 2nd year until graduation.


Course selected from the following: GBS 716, GBS 725, GBSC 726, GRD 709


Course selected from the following: GRD 770BST 611, BST 612, BY 755, PY 716


Required each fall and spring semester, 2nd year until graduation. Courses selected from the following: GBS 736, GBS 746J, GBS 747J,GBS 756, GBS 766, GBS 776, GBS 786J, GBS 793, GBSC 700, GBSC 713, GBSC 720, INFO 673, INFO 793


Courses selected from the following: GBS 700, GBS 702GBS 715, GBS 718, GBS 726, GBS 727GBS 729, GBS 739, GBS 742GBS 749, GBS 754, GBS 757, GBS 758GBS 765GBS 775, GBS 778, GBS 779, GBS 783GBSC 705, GBSC 706, GBSC 707GBSC 709, GBSC 710, GBSC 712, GBSC 714GBSC 715, GBSC 717, GBSC 721, GBSC 724, GBSC 725,GBSC 728, GBSC 730, GBSC 732, GBSC 734, GBSC 735, GBSC 736GBSC 740, GBSC 741, GBSC 743GBSC 745, GBSC 746, GBSC 748INFO 701, INFO 702, INFO 703, INFO 704, INFO 751, INFO 762, INFO 796, INFO 797, BME 723BME 770, BME 772, BME 780 or approved course. 


Student must complete 24 hours total of dissertation research, GBS 799.

Theme Directors

The theme directors listing for Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics is located here.

Theme Faculty

The faculty listing for the Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics theme is located here

For further information, please reference the GBS website