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
Bacterial Genetics and Physiology
Introduction to Structural Biology Methods
Microbial Pathogenesis
Theme Required Courses10
Communicating Science: Reading, Writing and Presentation
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 Hours77

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


Course selected from the following: GBS 716, GBS 725, GBS 768, GBSC 726, GRD 709 


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


Required each fall and spring, 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


Three advanced courses selected from the following: GBS 700, GBS 702, GBS 715, GBS 718, GBS 726, GBS 729, GBS 739, GBS 742, GBS 749GBS 754, GBS 757, GBS 758GBS 765, GBS 775, GBS 778, GBS 779, GBS 783, GBSC 705, GBSC 706, GBSC 707, GBSC 709, GBSC 710, GBSC 710, GBSC 712, GBSC 714, GBSC 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 797, INFO 796, BME 723BME 770, BME 773, BME 780, or other approved course.


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

Theme Directors

The theme directors listing for Microbiology is located here.

Theme Faculty

The faculty listing for the Microbiology theme is located here

For further information, please reference the GBS website