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Opportunities: 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 (T32DK062710-01A1) 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.
  • UAB is committed to providing educational, employment, and enrichment opportunities for members of underrepresented groups. Women, individuals from traditionally

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.

Quetelet Endowed Professor of Public Health
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: Co-Mentors:
Olivia Affuso, PhD Scott Bickel, PhD
David B. Allison, PhD - SoPH Dean's Office Krista Casazza, PhD
Donna Arnett, PhD - Dept of Epidemiology Paula Chandler-Laney, PhD
Shannon Bailey, PhD - Dept of Environmental Health Sciences Ching-Yi Chen, PhD
Marcas M Bamman, PhD - Dept of Physiology and Biophysics Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD
Monica Baskin, PhD - Division of Preventive Medicine Gareth Dutton, PhD
John Chatham, PhD - Dept of Medicine Robert W Hardy, PhD
José R Fernández, PhD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences George Howard, DrPH
W. Timothy Garvey, MD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences Amie Jackson, MD
Barbara Gower, PhD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences Suzanne Judd, PhD
Gary Hunter, PhD - Dept of Human Studies Inga Kadish, PhD
Julie Locher, PhD - Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care Robert Kesterson, PhD
Joseph Messina, PhD - Dept of Pathology Dorothy Pekmezi, PhD
Tim Nagy, PhD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences Bradley Newcomer, PhD
J Michael Wyss, PhD - Dept of Cell Biology Monika Safford, MD
Brad Yoder, PhD - Dept of Cell Biology Lisa Schwiebert, PhD
Martin Young, DSc - Division of Cardiovascular Disease Daniel Smith, PhD
  Trygve Tollefsbol, PhD
  Roger C. White, PhD

Additional Mentors available

Frequently Asked Questions from NORC Mentors

For more information:

Write to us at:
Nutrition Obesity Research Center
1720 2nd Avenue South
Lister Hill Library 454
Birmingham, AL 35294-0013

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."