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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 Collaborating Mentors Affiliated 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
Maria De Luca, PhD Stephen Barnes, PhD Yu-Ying Chen, PhD
José R. Fernández, PhD Fred Biasini, PhD Andrea Cherrington, MD
Kevin Fontaine, PhD John Chatham, PhD Emily Dhurandhar, PhD
W. Timothy Garvey, MD Yabing Chen, PhD Nefertiti Durant, MD
Barbara Gower, PhD Gustavo de los Campos, PhD Gareth Dutton, PhD
Gary R. Hunter, PhD Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD Gordon Fisher, PhD
Julie Locher, PhD Karen Gamble, PhD Julia Gohlke, 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
  Nir Menachemi, PhD, MPH Dorothy Pekmezi, PhD
  Joseph L. Messina, PhD Danielle Powell, MD
  Mickie Powell, PhD Bisakha (Pia) Sen, PhD
  Laura Rogers, MD Daniel L. Smith, Jr. PhD
  Paul W. Sanders, MD Robert E. Sorge, PhD
  Victor Thannickal, MD Adam Wende, PhD
  Tryvge Tollefsbol, PhD Larrell Wilkinson, PhD
  Xuging Wang, PhD Qinglin Yang, MD, PhD
  Stephen Watts, 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 4, 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 4, 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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