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Training Programs: Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Obesity Research

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Obesity Research

The Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham announces the availability of post-doctoral fellowships funded through the NIH T32 grant (T32DK062710) awarded to Dr. David Allison by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The funds from this grant may be used only for US Citizens or permanent residents. In very rare cases we are able to identify additional funds for the exceptional applicant who is neither a US Citizen or permanent resident, but this is a rarity.

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The purpose of the Training Program is to offer fellowships that prepare post-doctoral scientists for scientific careers as independent investigators in obesity-related research.


  • Individuals with a doctoral degree from any scientific field are eligible. Applicants must be either a U. S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • UAB is committed to providing educational, employment, and enrichment opportunities for members of underrepresented groups. Women, individuals from traditionally disadvantaged groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Support provided for trainees

  • Stipends (typically for a two-three year period)
  • Tuition and fees for all required courses
  • Health insurance
  • Books & supplies for educational purposes
  • Travel to at least one national meeting in the trainee’s field of expertise to present their work

Some disciplines represented in training offered:

  • Biostatistics
  • Economics
  • Epidemiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Key program components

  • Mentoring by program directors and major professors who have a strong track record in science and mentorship
  • Coursework available
  • Interdisciplinary research training
  • Weekly Nutrition Seminar Series
  • Hands-on intervention experience, as appropriate
  • Clinical research opportunities for those interested

Program Director:
David B. Allison, Ph.D.

Associate Dean & Distinguished Professor,
Director, Office of Energetics
Director, Nutrition Obesity Research Center

Program Co-Director:
W. Timothy Garvey, M.D.
Professor & Chair, Dept of Nutrition Sciences

UAB Primary Mentors    Affiliated Mentors    Collaborating Mentors   
Olivia Affuso, PhD - Dept of Epidemiology    April Carson, PhD   Shannon Bailey, PhD   
David B. Allison, PhD - SoPH Dean's Office    Krista Casazza, PhD    Ballinger, Scott, PhD   
Marcas M Bamman, PhD - Dept of Physiology and Biophysics    Paula Chandler-Laney, PhD   Vera Bittner, MD   
Monica Baskin, PhD - Division of Preventive Medicine    Andrea Cherrington, MD, MPH   John Chatham, D.Phil   
Gareth Dutton, PhD - Division of Preventive Medicine    Nefertiti Durant, MD   Yuying Chen, PhD   
José R Fernández, PhD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences    Gordon Fisher, PhD   Karen Gamble, MD, PhD   
Kevin Fontaine, PhD - Department of Health Behavior    Aaron Davis Fobian, PhD   Robert W Hardy, PhD   
W. Timothy Garvey, MD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences    Bertha A Hidalgo, PhD   George Howard, DrPH   
Barbara Gower, PhD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences    Suzanne Judd, PhD   Lisa Schwiebert, PhD   
Gary Hunter, PhD - Dept of Human Studies    Robert Kesterson, PhD   Hemant Tiwari, PhD   
Amjad Javed, PhD - Dept of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery    Prabhakara R. Nagareddy, PhD   Trygve Tollefsbol, PhD   
Julie Locher, PhD - Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care    Dorothy Pekmezi, PhD   Stephen Watts, PhD   
Joseph Messina, PhD - Dept of Pathology    Courtney M. Peterson, PhD   Roger C. White, PhD   
Tim Nagy, PhD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences    Eric Paul Plaisance, PhD   J. Michael Wyss, PhD   
Lyse A. Norian, PhD - Department of Nutrition Sciences    Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, PhD   Qinglin Yang, PhD   
James Rimmer, PhD - UAB/Lakeshore Foundation Collaborative    Bisakha Sen, PhD   Nengjun Yi, PhD   
Laura Rogers, MD - Department of Nutrition Sciences    James Shikany, PhD     
Brad Yoder, PhD - Dept of Cell Biology    Daniel Smith, PhD     
Brooks C Wingo, PhD     
Ceren Yarar-Fisher, PhD     
Martin Young, DPhil     

Additional Mentors available

NORC Postdoctoral T32 Obesity Program Frequently Asked Questions

For more information:

Write to us at:
Nutrition Obesity Research Center
1720 2nd Avenue South
Ryals Public Health Building 130A
Birmingham, AL 35294-0022     

Email us at: (for administrative questions (for academic questions)

Application Procedures Please send the following material to David Allison, PhD,
1. Send full CV
2. Brief letter describing interest as email attachment
3. Application Form

"UAB is an equal education opportunity institution."

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