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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, Dept of Nutrition Sciences

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

Program Manager:
Elizabeth W. Smith, MPA, RDN, LDN

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, DPhil
José R Fernández, PhD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences Nefertiti Durant, MD Yuying Chen, PhD
Kevin Fontaine, PhD - Dept 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
James O. Hill, PhD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences Suzanne Judd, PhD Lisa Schwiebert, PhD
Amjad Javed, PhD - Dept of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Robert Kesterson, PhD Hemant Tiwari, PhD
Julie Locher, PhD - Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care Prabhakara R. Nagareddy, PhD Trygve Tollefsbol, PhD
Joseph Messina, PhD - Dept of Pathology Dorothy Pekmezi, PhD Stephen Watts, PhD
Tim Nagy, PhD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences Courtney M. Peterson, PhD Roger C. White, PhD
Lyse A. Norian, PhD - Dept of Nutrition Sciences Eric Paul Plaisance, PhD J. Michael Wyss, PhD
James Rimmer, PhD - UAB/Lakeshore Foundation Collaborative Bisakha Sen, PhD Nengjun Yi, PhD
Laura Rogers, MD - Dept 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
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."