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Blue splash text "T32 Postdoctoral Research Positions"Join an established interdisciplinary postdoctoral T32 fellowship program in basic and translational aspects of genetics, molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, pathophysiology and treatment of liver and gastrointestinal tract disorders. Program goals are to attract Ph.D., M.D. and DVM postdoctoral trainees to these fields and to provide training in state-of-the-art research techniques. Fellowships are for two years, and are funded by an NIH (NIDDK) Institutional T32 Training Grant. Specific mentors and areas of interest are listed below. Further details of research activities will be provided upon request.

  • Janelle Arthur, Ph.D. – Bacterial regulation of inflammation-associated colon cancer and fibrosis
  • Luther Bartelt, MD – Microbiota/pathogen interactions influencing early life growth and development
  • Aadra Bhatt, Ph.D. – Microbiota/endobiotic/xenobiotic/pharmaceutical interactions and their contribution to gut health
  • Anthony Blikslager, DVM, Ph.D. – Intestinal mucosal repair and barrier function
  • Kathleen Caron, Ph.D. – GPCR pathways in development and pathophysiology of intestinal lymphatics
  • Ian Carroll, Ph.D. – Intestinal microbiota-host interactions, eating disorders, microbial proteases and mucosal barrier function
  • Terry Furey, Ph.D. – Computational genomics, gene regulation & chromatin structure in IBD
  • Victor Garcia-Martinez, M.D., Ph.D. – Mucosal immunology, microbiome, humanized mice for biomedical research
  • Liara Gonzalez, DVM, PhD – Understanding intestinal epithelial injury & stem cell mediated repair utilizing large animal models
  • Ajay Gulati, M.D. – Influence of the gut microbiota on intestinal epithelial cell function, inflammation, and repair
  • Stephen Hursting, PhD, MPH – Preclinical and translational studies of obesity, metabolism and GI cancer risk/therapeutic response
  • Manuel Kleiner, Ph.D. – Diet-Microbiota-Host Interactions, microbial ecophysiology, metaproteomics
  • Sam Lai, Ph.D. – Mucosal immunology based on muco-trapping mAb, mucosal drug delivery, phages for in situ microbiome engineering
  • Scott T. Magness, Ph.D. – Intestinal stem cells in health injury and cancer, intestinal tissue eng, organoid tech, single cell biology
  • John F. Rawls, Ph.D. – Most-microbiota interactions in the intestine
  • Matthew Redinbo, Ph.D. – Controlling the gut microbiota using novel targeted therapeutics
  • Balfour Sartor, M.D. – Microbial homeostatic/inflammatory mechanisms, IBD, microbial-immune interactions, microbial therapies
  • Shehzad Sheikh, M.D., Ph.D. – Genomic analysis of cytokine and genetic regulation of IBD
  • Rita Tamayo, Ph.D. – Pathogenesis of Clostridium difficile
  • Casey Theriot, PhD – Gut microbiota mechanisms of colonization resistance against difficile
  • Jenny Ting, Ph.D. – Gut host genetics and microbiome interplay in intestinal diseases.

Minorities are encouraged to apply. To be eligible for Training Grant support, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Interested persons should contact a mentor of interest at Our Mentors | UNC Basic Science GI T32 Fellowship Training T32DK07737 and ask them to complete information at The deadline for receipt of applications is 3/15/2023 to begin 7/1/2023.

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Mentors list for Ad updated 1-9-2023

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Please promote widely this opportunity for Basic and Translational Gastroenterology Fellowship training supported by our NIDDK T32 Basic GI Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (T32DK007737) to qualified applicants and their mentors in your department.  We are looking for a highly qualified MD, PhD or DVM (or any combination thereof) research postdoctoral fellow interested in studying basic or translational mechanisms of intestinal inflammation, microbiome, epithelial injury/repair, mucosal homeostasis, development or carcinogenesis. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents (green card). Our T32 program provides an outstanding educational and career development opportunity and we would like to match this opportunity with outstanding applicants.  The formal advertisement is attached, including the list of current mentors for our T32 program, although we are quite flexible with joint mentors outside of our current mentor pool.  The application is through the web-based link noted in the ad. In this cycle, we have 3 open positions that we plan to fill by as early as July 1, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact Annie Zakaria.

I appreciate your help in bringing this opportunity to the attention of your faculty and graduate students completing their studies. 

Thank you very much, 

R. Balfour Sartor, M.D.  & Shehzad Sheikh