UCEM Postdoctoral Training Program

Post-Doctoral Training Program

Program Title: Interdisciplinary Training in Pathobiology and Rehabilitation Medicine

Grant Number: 1T32HD071866

Sponsor: NIH National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research


The overarching goal of this training program is to develop future leaders in translational rehabilitation research who are specifically equipped to test and disseminate novel rehabilitative strategies that will alleviate functional impairment and compromised life quality in the face of chronic disease management.  Exercise medicine is a major focus of this training program.


·         Doctorate in a basic or applied biomedical science (e.g., PhD) or clinical doctorate (e.g., MD, DO).

·         Interest in translational research ranging from mechanisms of disease pathobiology to rehabilitation strategies (e.g., exercise medicine, experimental therapeutics, device development).

·         No more than 2 years of postdoctoral training.

·         U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Support Provided to each Trainee:

·         Stipend (typically for two years).

·         Translational research mentoring team.

·         Tuition and fees for all required courses.

·         Health insurance.

·         Supplies for research and educational purposes.

·         Travel expenses for one national meeting per year (maximum allowable determined annually based on available funds).

Core Levels of Inquiry:

·         Cellular and molecular pathobiology of disease.

·         Rehabilitation science and exercise physiology.

·         Rehabilitation medicine (i.e. clinical trials).

*Most trainees will be actively engaged in research across two or more core levels.

Areas of Concentration:

·         Neuromusculoskeletal Disorders.

·         Cardiometabolic Diseases.

*Cross-cutting themes with training opportunities include cancer and aging.

Application, Review, and Selection:

1.     Applicants should submit a letter of interest and CV to exercise@uab.edu.

2.     Applicants will be reviewed by the Executive Committee, followed by interviews of the top candidates.

3.     Select candidates will prepare an Individual Development Plan with the primary mentor and translational mentoring team. To learn more about the primary mentors and their research programs, click here.

Learn more about the program under Training Opportunities at www.uab.edu/exercise.

Program Director:

Marcas M Bamman, PhD

Professor, Departments of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology, and Medicine

Director, UAB Center for Exercise Medicine

Executive Committee:

David Standaert, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology

David Brown, PT, PhD, Professor and Director, Rehabilitation Science predoctoral program

Lou Dell’Italia, MD, Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Disease, Department of Medicine

Amie Jackson, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation