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Opportunities: Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Obesity Research

Pre-Doctoral Training in Obesity-Related Research

2014 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 Peggy Biga, PhD
David B. Allison, PhD Donna Arnett, PhD, MSPH Mary Boggiano, PhD
Monica L. Baskin, PhD Shannon Bailey, PhD Krista Casazza, PhD
Maria De Luca, PhD William C. Bailey, MD Paula Chandler-Laney, PhD
José R. Fernández, PhD Marcas M. Bamman, PhD Yu-Ying Chen, PhD
Kevin Fontaine, PhD Stephen Barnes, PhD Andrea Cherrington, MD
W. Timothy Garvey, MD John Chatham, PhD James Cox, PhD
Stephen Glasser, MD Yabing Chen, PhD Gareth Dutton, PhD
Barbara Gower, PhD Gustavo de los Campos, PhD Gordon Fisher, PhD
Gary R. Hunter, PhD Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD Julia Gohlke, PhD
Julie Locher, PhD Karen Gamble, PhD Suzanne Judd, PhD
Tim Nagy, PhD John Hartman, PhD Inga Kadish, PhD
James Rimmer, PhD George Howard, PhD Robert Kesterson, PhD
James Shikany, DrPH Amjad Javed, PhD Steven Lloyd, MD, PhD
J. Michael Wyss, PhD Robinna Lorenz, PhD Michelle Martin, PhD
Bradley Yoder, PhD Jeonga Kim, PhD John McCarthy, PhD
Martin E. Young, PhD Nir Menachemi, PhD, MPH Dorothy Pekmezi, PhD
  Kristi Menear, PhD Mickie Powell, PhD
  Joseph L. Messina, PhD Bisakha (Pia) Sen, PhD
  Paul W. Sanders, MD Daniel L. Smith, Jr. PhD
  Victor Thannickal, MD Ana Vazquez, PhD
  Tryvge Tollefsbol, PhD Qinglin Yang, MD, PhD
  Xuging Wang, PhD  
  Stephen Watts, PhD  
  Roger White, 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. 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 6, 2014.
    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 24, 2014.

    Send all of these materials to by June 6, 2014.

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 Program Director for Education and Diversity
José R. Fernández, PhD

Associate Director for Clinical Education
Stephen Glasser, MD


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