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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 Scott Bickel, 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 John Chatham, PhD
Gareth Dutton, PhD - Division of Preventive Medicine Nefertiti Durant, MD Yuying Chen, PhD
José R Fernández, PhD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences Suzanne Judd, PhD Karen Gamble, PhD
Kevin Fontaine, PhD - Department of Health Behavior Robert Kesterson, PhD Robert W Hardy, PhD
W. Timothy Garvey, MD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences Dorothy Pekmezi, PhD George Howard, DrPH
Barbara Gower, PhD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences Bisakha Sen, PhD Lisa Schwiebert, PhD
Gary Hunter, PhD - Dept of Human Studies James Shikany, PhD Hemant Tiwari, PhD
Amjad Javed, PhD - Dept of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Daniel Smith, PhD Trygve Tollefsbol, PhD
Julie Locher, PhD - Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care Martin Young, DSc Stephen Watts, PhD
Joseph Messina, PhD - Dept of Pathology   Roger C. White, PhD
Tim Nagy, PhD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences   J. Michael Wyss, PhD
James Rimmer, PhD - UAB/Lakeshore Foundation Collaborative   Qinglin Yang, PhD
Laura Rogers, MD - Department of Nutrition Sciences    
Brad Yoder, PhD - Dept of Cell Biology    


Additional Mentors available

Frequently Asked Questions from NORC Mentors

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."