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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:
W. Timothy Garvey, M.D.

Professor & Chair, Dept of Nutrition Sciences

Program Co-Directors:
Jose R. Fernandez, PhD and Julie Locher, PhD

Program Manager:
Jeffrey Allison

Application Manager:
Brooks Wingo, PhD

UAB Primary Mentors    Affiliated Mentors    Collaborating Mentors   
Olivia Affuso, PhD - Dept of Epidemiology    April Carson, PhD   Shannon Bailey, PhD   
Marcas M Bamman, PhD - Dept of Physiology and Biophysics    Krista Casazza, PhD    Ballinger, Scott, PhD   
Monica Baskin, PhD - Division of Preventive Medicine    Paula Chandler-Laney, PhD   Vera Bittner, MD   
Gareth Dutton, PhD - Division of Preventive Medicine    Andrea Cherrington, MD, MPH   John Chatham, D.Phil   
José R Fernández, PhD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences    Nefertiti Durant, MD   Yuying Chen, PhD   
Kevin Fontaine, PhD - Department of Health Behavior    Gordon Fisher, PhD   Karen Gamble, MD, PhD   
W. Timothy Garvey, MD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences    Aaron Davis Fobian, PhD   Robert W Hardy, PhD   
Barbara Gower, PhD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences    Bertha A Hidalgo, PhD   George Howard, DrPH   
Amjad Javed, PhD - Dept of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery    Suzanne Judd, PhD   Lisa Schwiebert, PhD   
Julie Locher, PhD - Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care    Robert Kesterson, PhD   Hemant Tiwari, PhD   
Joseph Messina, PhD - Dept of Pathology    Prabhakara R. Nagareddy, PhD   Trygve Tollefsbol, PhD   
Tim Nagy, PhD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences    Dorothy Pekmezi, PhD   Stephen Watts, PhD   
Lyse A. Norian, PhD - Department of Nutrition Sciences    Courtney M. Peterson, PhD   Roger C. White, PhD   
James Rimmer, PhD - UAB/Lakeshore Foundation Collaborative    Eric Paul Plaisance, PhD   J. Michael Wyss, PhD   
Laura Rogers, MD - Department of Nutrition Sciences    Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, PhD   Qinglin Yang, PhD   
Brad Yoder, PhD - Dept of Cell Biology    Bisakha Sen, PhD   Nengjun Yi, PhD   
James Shikany, PhD     
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
Webb Building 501
Birmingham, AL 35294-3360     
Email us at: (for administrative questions) (application process questions) (for academic questions)

Application Procedures Please send these materials to Dr. Wingo, Application Manager,
1. Send full CV
2. Brief letter describing research and training interests as an attachment to the email.
3. Application Form

"UAB is an equal education opportunity institution."

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