Mentor:  Trygve Tollefsbol, Ph.D, D.O., Professor, Department of Biology; Senior Scientist, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA (

A postdoctoral position is available to a highly motivated candidate to study the epigenetics of aging and cancer prevention.  The successful candidate will utilize molecular epigenetic/epigenomic and pharmacologic methods.  Prior experience with cell culture, animal models, epigenetic methods and molecular biology is required.  Candidates with a Ph.D. and/or M.D. in molecular biology, biochemistry or a related discipline are encouraged to apply.  Experience with administration of bioactive dietary compounds to animals is highly desirable as well as experience in aging and/or cancer prevention research.  Eligibility to apply for NIH training grants would be a distinct advantage. 

Representative Publications:

Li Y, Buckhaults P, Cui X, Tollefsbol TO.  Combinatorial epigenetic mechanisms and efficacy of early breast cancer inhibition by nutritive botanicals.  Epigenomics. 2016 Aug;8(8):1019-37. doi: 10.2217/epi-2016-0024. PMID: 27478970.

Kala R, Tollefsbol TO.  A Novel Combinatorial Epigenetic Therapy Using Resveratrol and Pterostilbene for Restoring Estrogen Receptor-α (ERα) Expression in ERα-Negative Breast Cancer Cells.  PLoS One. 2016 May 9;11(5):e0155057. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0155057.  PMID: 27159275.

Interested candidates with excellent communication skills should email a cover letter detailing research experience, CV, and contact details of three references to:

Trygve Tollefsbol, Ph.D., D.O.
Professor of Biology

Senior Scientist; Comprehensive Cancer Center, Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, Nutrition Obesity Research Center, and Comprehensive Diabetes Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Postdoc Awards and Benefits 

Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The OPE strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.