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

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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