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Basic Medical Sciences (251) 460-6153
Director of Graduate Studies/Co-Director, Office of Research Education and Training Mark Taylor, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Office of Research Education and Training Thomas Rich, Ph.D.
Associate Director of the Office of Research Education and Training Angie O'Neal
Departments Chair Phone
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Richard Honkanen (251)460-6859
Comparative Medicine Jonathan Scammell (251) 460-6239
Microbiology and Immunology Kevin Macaluso (251) 460-6107
Pharmacology Mark Gillespie (251) 460-6497
Physiology and Cell Biology Troy Stevens (251) 460-7004
Tracks Coordinator Phone
Biomedical Engineering Silas Leavesley (251) 460-6168
Cancer Biology Natalie Gassman (251) 445-8430
Cell & Molecular Biology Ronald Balczon (251) 460-6776
Infectious Disease & Host Defese Jonathon Audia (251) 460-6929
Lung Biology Sarah Sayner (251) 460-6959
Vascular Biology David Weber (251) 460-6840

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/com/doctoral-program/

Requirements For Admission

The requirements for admission to the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Basic Medical Sciences are:

  1. The applicant shall possess, by the time of matriculation, a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  2. Two semesters or three quarters of undergraduate work are recommended in each of the following: physics, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, English composition, and mathematics (including calculus and statistics).
  3. A grade-point average of at least 3.0 for all undergraduate and graduate work, on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Satisfactory standing at the last educational institution attended.
  5. Satisfactory scores on all standardized achievement examinations. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. In addition, international applicants must present evidence of competence and fluency in spoken and written English with a TOEFL score of at least 95-100, an IELTS score of at least 7, an iTEP score of at least 4.5, or a PTE score of at least 68.

Matriculation is contingent upon review and recommendation by the Admissions Committee of the Graduate Program in Basic Medical Sciences.

Procedures For Admission

Applications for the Basic Medical Sciences Interdisciplinary Graduate Program are accepted for matriculation in the Fall Semesters. The Basic Medical Sciences Graduate Program does not accept students on a "non-degree" or "provisional" basis. Applications and materials should be accessed and submitted through the university's website: https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/admissions/graduate.html.

Information for the graduate program can be obtained on-line https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/com/doctoral-program/how-to-apply.html or by contacting the Associate Director of the Office of Research Education and Training, 5795 USA Drive North, CSAB 212, College of Medicine, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002; Telephone: (251) 460-6153; E-mail: oret@southalabama.edu.

To be considered for review by the Admissions Committee, an applicant must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form through UNICAS.
  2. An official transcript from each college or university attended.
  3. An official report of all scores on standardized achievement examinations (GRE, TOEFL/IELTS/ITEP/PTE).
  4. Supplemental materials required for the program in Basic Medical Sciences must be submitted through UNICAS.  Supplemental materials include:
    1. Three letters of recommendation from instructors, advisors, or other persons qualified to evaluate the student's academic performance and potential in graduate school.
    2. A personal statement

All documents submitted for admissions review become the property of the University of South Alabama.

Degrees, Minors, or Certificates

Faculty Listing

Basic Medical Sciences Faculty
Al-Mehdi, Abu B. Pharmacology Professor BS, Univ de Salamanca
MD, Univ de Salamanca
MD, Crimean St Medical University
PHD, Crimean St Medical University
Alexeyev, Mikhail F. Physiology & Cell Biology - MD Professor BS, Ukraine National Univ
PHD, National Agri Univ Ukraine
Audia, Jonathon Microbiology-Immunology Professor BS, McMaster University
MS, McMaster University
PHD, University of South Alabama
Balczon, Ronald D. Biochemistry-Molecular Biology Associate Professor BS, Florida State University
PHD, Florida State University
Barrington, Robert A. Microbiology-Immunology Associate Professor BS, Oregon State University
PHD, Loyola University of Chicago
Bauer, Natalie R. Pharmacology Associate Professor BS, Delta State University
PHD, University of South Alabama
Cohen, Michael V. Physiology & Cell Biology - MD Professor AB, Harvard University
MD, Harvard University
Francis, Christopher M. Physiology & Cell Biology - MD Assistant Professor BS, Auburn University
PHD, University of South Alabama
Gassman, Natalie R. Physiology & Cell Biology - MD Assistant Professor BA, Michigan State University
PHD, University of CA-Los Ang
Gillespie, Mark N. Pharmacology Professor BS, University of Kentucky
PHD, University of Kentucky
Grelet, Simon P. Biochemistry-Molecular Biology Assistant Professor BS, Uni of Reims Champagne-Ardenne
MS, Uni of Reims Champagne-Ardenne
PHD, Uni of Reims Champagne-Ardenne
Hermance, Meghan E. Microbiology-Immunology Assistant Professor BS, Texas A & M University
PHD, University of Texas Med-Galv
Honkanen, Richard E. Biochemistry-Molecular Biology Professor BS, University of Georgia
PHD, University of Georgia
Kim, Jin H. Microbiology-Immunology Assistant Professor DVM, Konuk Univ Seoul Korea
MS, Konuk Univ Seoul Korea
PHD, University of Wisconsin-Madis
Langley, Raymond J. Pharmacology Assistant Professor BA, University of New Mexico
PHD, University of New Mexico
Lee, Ji Young Physiology & Cell Biology - MD Assistant Professor MD, Pusan National University
PHD, Elmezzi School of Molecular Me
Lim, Ssang Taek S. Biochemistry-Molecular Biology Associate Professor BS, Seoul National University
MA, Seoul National University
PHD, Univ of Alabama-Birmingham
Lin, Mike Physiology & Cell Biology - MD Associate Professor BS, Univ of British Columbia
MS, Loma Linda University
PHD, Loma Linda University
Macaluso, Kevin R. Microbiology-Immunology Professor BS, Colorado State University
MS, Sul Ross State University
PHD, Oklahoma State University
Nelson, Amy R. Physiology & Cell Biology - MD Assistant Professor BS, Univ of Alabama-Birmingham
MS, Univ of Alabama-Birmingham
PHD, Univ of Alabama-Birmingham
Pastukh, Viktor M. Pharmacology Instructor MS, Kiev State Linguistic Univ
PHD, Palladin Institute
Prakash, Aishwarya Biochemistry-Molecular Biology Associate Professor BS, University of Nebraska- Omaha
PHD, U of Nebraska Medical Center
PHD, University of Nebraska- Omaha
Rayner, Jonathan O. Microbiology-Immunology Associate Professor BS, University of Delaware
PHD, Colorado State University
Rich, Thomas C. Pharmacology Professor BA, Georgia Inst of Tech - Main
PHD, Vanderbilt University
Richter, Wito H. Biochemistry-Molecular Biology Assistant Professor MS, Leipzig University
PHD, Leipzig University
Ruchko, Mykhaylo V. Pharmacology Assistant Professor PHD, Kiev State Linguistic Univ
Sayner, Sarah L. Physiology & Cell Biology - MD Associate Professor PHD, Univ of South Alabama - COM
Stevens, Troy Physiology & Cell Biology - MD Professor BS, Chadron State College
PHD, Colorado State University
Swingle, Mark R. Biochemistry-Molecular Biology Assistant Professor BS, Spring Hill College
MS, University of South Alabama
PHD, University of South Alabama
Taylor, Mark S. Physiology & Cell Biology - MD Professor BS, Univ of Alabama-Birmingham
PHD, University of South Alabama
Weber, David S. Physiology & Cell Biology - MD Professor BS, Loras College
PHD, Medical College Of Wisconsin
Wilson, Emily Physiology & Cell Biology - MD Professor AA, Emory University
BS, Utah State University
MS, Utah State University
PHD, Emory University
Zha, Xiangming Physiology & Cell Biology - MD Associate Professor PHD, University of Iowa