Matthew Nelson, PhD
UAB Hospital is a major center for clinical and basic science research. UAB is ranked among the top 8 public universities in NIH funding. U.S. News & World Report 2020 ranked 14 of UAB’s graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 for research funding and for the second consecutive year, UAB has been named the #1 young university in the United States by Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama, is the cultural epicenter of Alabama, encompassing art museums, theaters, concert venues and numerous festivals and events. The city offers excellent outdoor activities for people that are passionate about reconnecting with nature in an otherwise urban landscape. This includes near-by beautiful and easily reachable routes for trail running, hiking, and mountain biking, well-kept campgrounds, boulders and mountains with scenic views for climbers, and incredible options to choose from for both flat water and whitewater paddlers. Birmingham offers a great livable community that is family-friendly, including top-rated public and private schools in the city and the surrounding communities.