Biosocial Training Program


Applications: Deadline January 10th, 2018

We are soliciting applications to the Biosocial training program. The goal of this new and innovative training program is to produce junior scientists who will conduct truly integrative work that will address some of the country’s most pressing health problems. Trainees will have the opportunity to receive interdisciplinary mentorship and training in a wide array of content areas, ranging from social inequalities to biological processes. Trainees will enter from their respective disciplines and will identify a co-preceptor team comprised of a mentor from their home discipline and another representing their gap interest area.


Predoctoral trainees must be current UNC graduate students. Ideally, students applying for this program should be nearing completion of coursework in their home discipline and be ready to significantly enhance their training with interdisciplinary coursework, seminars, and research apprenticeship. Students from any academic program are eligible to apply. This program will begin in May 2018.  Applications will be accepted until January 10th, 2018.

Postdoctoral trainees must complete their PhD degree by the time their postdoctoral training begins. There are no exceptions to this rule. Applicants should clearly state where they are in the dissertation writing process; the applicant’s advisor should provide supporting evidence that the applicant will complete the PhD in time to be eligible for this program. PhD’s from any academic program are eligible to apply.

PREDOC Application form: Download Application Materials Here.

POSTDOC Application form: Download Application Materials Here.

Review Process:

1. Makeup of the Training Committee

There are six members of the Biosocial Training Committee, shown in the table below. Three faculty members represent social science disciplines and three represent biological/health disciplines. Together, these faculty conduct research and teaching on cardiovascular/metabolic health, genomics, immunology/infection, and the microbiome on the biological/health sciences side, while on the social side, these faculty conduct research on social inequalities, social networks, and spatial/temporal processes. The Training Committee will make recommendations on the awarding of traineeships to the Program Directors, Drs. Allison Aiello and Robert Hummer.

Table A. Biosocial Training Committee


Gap Area


Penny Gordon-Larson


Biological Health Sciences

Nutrition/ CVD, T2D, Obesity, Biomarkers

Michael Emch


Social Sciences

Geography & Epidemiology/Spatial Processes and Analysis

Steve Meshnick


Biological Health Sciences

Epidemiology/ Infectious Diseases, Immunology

Kathleen Mullan Harris


Social Sciences

Sociology/ Life course, Integration of Social and Biological approaches

Karen Mohlke


Biological Health Sciences

Genetics/ GWAS, Epigenetics, Bioinformatics

James Moody


Social Sciences

Sociology/Social Networks

2. Materials reviewed
3. Evaluative criteria
4. Notification

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