Mentor: Sushant Bhatnagar, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine/Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Email:

A postdoctoral position is immediately available within the basic, translational, and preclinical research program of the Department of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism to study islet biology with the focus on understanding the regulation of insulin granule fusion from pancreatic beta-cells. The successful candidate will utilize knockout mouse models, molecular, pharmacological, and imaging (confocal with TIRFM) approaches to decipher the signaling pathways that regulate the formation of the SNARE complex in physiology, pathophysiology, and pathology states. The scope of this project also allows for the use of knockout mouse models to understand regulated secretion from non-beta cells in the disease states. Background in energy metabolism/secretory processes/islet biology is highly desirable. Prior experience in animal handling, cell culture, cloning, protein- and molecular-based assays is essential. Candidates with a Ph.D. in cell/molecular biology/physiology/pharmacology or a related discipline are encouraged to apply. Enthusiastic and highly-motivated candidates should submit a CV, a cover letter detailing research experience, and contact information of three references to Sushant Bhatnagar (Email: Web links ( and

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About our Postdoc office:

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines, including dentistry, engineering, health professions, medicine, natural sciences and mathematics, public health, optometry, and social and behavioral sciences. 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 may also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.