Basic Science Track
The Gastroenterology Basic Science Research Training Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is designed to promote the development of promising MD and PhD postdoctoral fellows as independent investigators and future university faculty members who will investigate the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal and hepatic diseases. Training of the postdoctoral fellow is individualized, and the most important component is conducted by the trainee in the faculty mentor’s laboratory. Additional training includes didactic courses, seminars and conferences, and seminars on responsible conduct of research.
The training faculty consists of 23 funded investigators from 11 basic science and clinical departments at the University of North Carolina, who are all full-time members of the NIDDK-funded Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease (CGIBD). These broadly based faculty members have a documented history of close interactions promoting multidisciplinary research. The postdoctoral fellows benefit from the unique strengths of digestive disease research at the University of North Carolina, which include the CGIBD with its research cores, a research-oriented Pediatric Gastroenterology Division, a coordinated research training program, animal models of digestive diseases, outstanding programs in gastrointestinal epidemiology and biostatistics, a Gene Therapy Center, and a Center for Alcohol Studies.
The program is funded by an NIH T32 Training Grant on which R Balfour Sartor, MD serves as Program Director and Shehzad Z. Sheikh, PhD serves as Associate Program Director. The program recruits 1 to 2 new fellows each year from a pool of MD adult gastroenterology fellows, MD pediatric gastroenterology fellows, PhD postdoctoral fellows, and individuals holding DVM degrees.
For those individuals who wish to apply to our basic science program and who are not pursuing our basic science fellowship program as part of our general MD fellowship program through the Match, please provide CV, one page description of prior research experience, half page explanation of career goals, and three letters of reference including one from your prospective mentor to Dr. Balfour Sartor at firstname.lastname@example.org and Ann Zakaria at email@example.com. This information will be reviewed by our Training Program Advisory Committee. Candidates offered a position will be assigned a primary research mentor. To ensure safe arrival of all application materials, we strongly urge interested individuals to send information electronically.
Minorities are encouraged to apply. To be eligible for Training Grant support, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
The training program is funded by an Institutional National Research Service Award from the NIH. As such, the program abides by the rules established for these awards.
Stipends are established by the NIH. The current annual stipend for postdoctoral trainees is determined by the number of FULL years of relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of appointment. Relevant experience may include research experience (including industrial), teaching, internship, residency, clinical duties, or other time spent in full-time studies in a health-related field following the date of the qualifying doctoral degree.