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Training Programs: Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Obesity Research

Pre-Doctoral Training in Obesity-Related Research

2016 RFA Pre-doctoral 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 Fred Biasini, PhD Krista Casazza, PhD
Maria De Luca, PhD John Chatham, PhD Paula Chandler-Laney, PhD
Gareth Dutton, PhD Yabing Chen, PhD Yu-Ying Chen, PhD
José R. Fernández, PhD Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD Andrea Cherrington, MD
Kevin Fontaine, PhD Karen Gamble, PhD Nefertiti Durant, MD
W. Timothy Garvey, MD John Hartman, PhD Gordon Fisher, PhD
Barbara Gower, PhD Steven Lloyd, MD 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 Joseph L. Messina, PhD Robert Kesterson, PhD
Lyse A Norian, PhD Casey Morrow, PhD Dorothy Pekmezi, PhD
James Rimmer, PhD Mickie Powell, PhD Eric Plaisance, PhD
James Shikany, DrPH Laura Q. Rogers, MD, MPH Danielle Powell, MD
J. Michael Wyss, PhD Paul W. Sanders, MD Daniel L. Smith, Jr. PhD
Bradley Yoder, PhD Bisakha (Pia) Sen, PhD Robert E. Sorge, PhD
Martin E. Young, PhD Victor Thannickal, MD Adam Wende, PhD
  Tryvge Tollefsbol, PhD Larrell Wilkinson, PhD
  Stephen Watts, 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 Thursday, June 2, 2016..
    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, 2016.
    Send all of these materials to by June 2, 2016.

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
Laura Q. Rogers, MD, MPH


UAB is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer