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Opportunities: Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Obesity Research

Pre-Doctoral Training in Obesity-Related Research

2015 RFA Predoc Training Program (PDF)

The Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham announces the availability of pre-doctoral fellowships funded through the NIH T32 grant (T32HL105349) awarded by the Heart, Lung and Blood Disease Institute (NHLBI). The funds from this grant may be used only for US Citizens or permanent residents. In very rare cases we are able to identify additional funds for the exceptional applicant who is neither a US Citizen nor permanent resident, but this is a rarity.

Positions entail working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary group of scientists. The NORC studies virtually all aspects of obesity ranging from molecular biology to epidemiology. Investigators include molecular biologists, physicians, psychologists, statisticians, physiologists, epidemiologists, and nutritionists. Faculty mentors include:

Primary Mentors Affiliated Mentors Collaborating Mentors
Olivia Affuso, PhD Brahim Aissani, PhD Mary Boggiano, PhD
David B. Allison, PhD Donna Arnett, PhD, MSPH Tiffany Carson, PhD
Steve Austad, PhD Shannon Bailey, PhD Krista Casazza, PhD
Monica L. Baskin, PhD Marcas M. Bamman, PhD Paula Chandler-Laney, PhD
José R. Fernández, PhD Stephen Barnes, PhD Yu-Ying Chen, PhD
Kevin Fontaine, PhD Fred Biasini, PhD Andrea Cherrington, MD
W. Timothy Garvey, MD John Chatham, PhD Emily Dhurandhar, PhD
Barbara Gower, PhD Yabing Chen, PhD Nefertiti Durant, MD
Gary R. Hunter, PhD Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD Gareth Dutton, PhD
Julie Locher, PhD Karen Gamble, PhD Gordon Fisher, PhD
Tim Nagy, PhD Stephen Glasser, MD Kirk Habegger, PhD
James Rimmer, PhD John Hartman, PhD Suzanne Judd, PhD
James Shikany, DrPH George Howard, PhD Inga Kadish, PhD
J. Michael Wyss, PhD Robinna Lorenz, PhD Robert Kesterson, PhD
Bradley Yoder, PhD Richard Kennedy, MD, PhD Steven Lloyd, MD, PhD
Martin E. Young, PhD Jeonga Kim, PhD Michelle Martin, PhD
  Joseph L. Messina, PhD Dorothy Pekmezi, PhD
  Mickie Powell, PhD Eric Plaisance, PhD
  Laura Rogers, MD Danielle Powell, MD
  Paul W. Sanders, MD Bisakha (Pia) Sen, PhD
  Victor Thannickal, MD Daniel L. Smith, Jr. PhD
  Tryvge Tollefsbol, PhD Robert E. Sorge, PhD
  Xuging Wang, PhD Adam Wende, PhD
  Stephen Watts, PhD Larrell Wilkinson, PhD
    Qinglin Yang, MD, PhD

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Doctoral student in good standing at UAB (All disciplines are invited to apply)
  2. Be midway through 1st year in a PhD program and prepared to enter 2nd year of training in August
  3. US citizens or permanent residents
  4. Express a long-term plan and expectation to work as an independent investigator in obesity-research
  5. Commit to meet all obligations of the training program (link)

Application process:

  1. Student will either approach a mentor or mentor will ask student about creating a research relationship, or either can seek guidance from Program Directors to be matched with a potentially interested counterpart.
  2. Student and Mentor together apply for entry into the program, forming the full mentoring team according to the requirement for disciplinary domain diversity (link). Applications are due Friday, June 5, 2015.
    1. Student and Mentor prepare letters outlining training goals and research objectives
    2. Student curriculum vitae
    3. Two letters of reference to be sent to program directors
    4. Complete the application (PDF (does not work with Safari), MS Word).
  3. Applicants will be notified by June 26, 2015.

    Send all of these materials to by June 5, 2015.

Women, individuals from traditionally disadvantaged groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Frequently Asked Questions from NORC Mentors

Interested individuals may contact one of the Program Directors with questions.

Program Director
David B. Allison, PhD

Associate Director for Curricular Education & Diversity Promotion:
José R. Fernández, PhD

Associate Director for Professional and Career Development
Julie Locher, PhD

Docent for Clinical Science
Stephen Glasser, MD


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