Mentor: Ping Zhang, D.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Email:

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry offers an Advanced Educational Program in Pediatric Dentistry, which is designed to provide the educational background and atmosphere necessary for training future clinical and academic leaders in Pediatric Dentistry. Advanced education provides students with an in-depth understanding of, and clinical expertise in, the practice of dentistry for children and others with developmental disabilities. Pediatric dentistry is a specialty of an age group rather than a specific technique; therefore, extensive knowledge concerning normal growth and development, behavior management, and all phases of prevention-oriented dentistry in healthy and compromised patients is required. The programs in Pediatric Dentistry prepare students for careers in community practice and/or academics and board certification status in pediatric dentistry.  The department has research projects with approximately $1.0 million in annual funded NIH research support. In addition, the Department has access to sophisticated and advanced laboratory equipment within the School of Dentistry and the many UAB Centers. 


A NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available to study the host/microbial interactions in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease.  The focus of the project is to understand the functional interactions between inflammation and osteoclastogenesis in the context of infection with periodontal pathogens.  Project will also involve the use of animal models to understand the association between oral infection and neuroinflammation/neurodegeneration.

Education / Experience

Candidates with a Ph.D., D.M.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and a strong background in immunology, molecular biology, and biochemistry are encouraged to apply.  Prior experience with animal studies is preferred.  The successful candidate must be highly self-motivated and capable of independently designing and performing experiments, writing manuscripts, and preparing presentations.

Applicants should submit their CV and the names and contact information of three references to :

Ping Zhang,  D.D.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
School of Dentistry
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1919 7th Avenue South, SDB 804,
Birmingham, AL 35294-0007
(205) 996-9803

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UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 250 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 also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.