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Training Programs: UAB Pre-Doctoral Training in Obesity-Related Research

UAB Pre-Doctoral Training in Obesity-Related Research


2019 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:

Primary Mentors Affiliated Mentors Collaborating Mentors
Olivia Affuso, PhD Shannon Bailey, PhD Peggy Biga, PhD
Steve Austad, PhD Marcas M. Bamman, PhD Mary Boggiano, PhD
Monica L. Baskin, PhD Stephen Barnes, PhD Tiffany Carson, PhD
Maria De Luca, PhD John Chatham, PhD Krista Casazza, PhD
Gareth Dutton, PhD Yabing Chen, PhD Paula Chandler-Laney, PhD
José R. Fernández, PhD Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD Yu-Ying Chen, PhD
Kevin Fontaine, PhD Karen Gamble, PhD Andrea Cherrington, MD
W. Timothy Garvey, MD John Hartman, MD Nefertiti Durant, MD
Barbara Gower, PhD Steven Lloyd, MD Gordon Fisher, PhD
James O. Hill, PhD George Howard, PhD Kirk Habegger, PhD
Julie Locher, PhD Joseph L. Messina, PhD Suzanne Judd, PhD
Tim Nagy, PhD Paul W. Sanders, MD Robert Kesterson, PhD
Lyse A Norian, PhD Victor Thannickal, MD Dorothy Pekmezi, PhD
James Rimmer, PhD Tryvge Tollefsbol, PhD Courtney Peterson, PhD
Laura Q. Rogers, MD Stephen Watts, PhD Eric Plaisance, PhD
James Shikany, DrPH   Danielle Powell, MD
J. Michael Wyss, PhD   Daniel L. Smith, Jr. PhD
Bradley Yoder, PhD   Robert E. Sorge, PhD
Martin E. Young, PhD   Adam Wende, PhD
    Larrell Wilkinson, PhD

NORC Predoctoral T32 Obesity Program Frequently Asked Questions

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).
  3. Applications are due June 4, 2019 (12:00 p.m.). Materials required for full consideration include:
    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).
  4. Applicants will be notified by June 28, 2019; and fellowship will begin August 1, 2019.

    Send all of these materials to by June 4, 2019.

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

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

Program Director & 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 Rogers, MD, MPH



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