Postdoctoral Associate - Pediatrics - Nutrition (90002446)

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7078381 (Ref:6743-en_US)

Posted: May 12, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


A postdoctoral fellow position is available in the Fukuda lab at the Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our team to work on the neurobiology of obesity and diabetes. Our research aims at understanding how the brain actively responds to overnutrition and mediates obesity and type2 diabetes. Our team uses an ex vivo brain slice model to identify extrinsic circulating factors/intrinsic signaling molecules that induce neurobiological changes occurring with diet-induced obesity. Then, the candidates will be validated by mouse genetics to establish their in vivo role in metabolic disorders. Ongoing projects in this exciting line of research include (1) signals from the gut to the brain to promote obesity and (2) novel CNS pathways that may offer an antidiabetic effect. This is an exciting opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and make a significant impact at the forefront of research on the prevalent metabolic diseases.

Job Duties

  • Plan, direct and conduct specialized and advanced research experiments.
  • Conduct mouse brain surgery.
  • Perform optogenetics/chemogenetics.
  • Assess whole-body glucose metabolism.
  • Evaluate and analyze data.
  • Establish new research protocols and procedures.
  • Summarize research findings and publish results in research journals.
  • Responsible for laboratory operations.
  • Help train junior investigators/staff in the group.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D., D.V.M., MD in Basic Science, Health Science, or a related field.
  • Experience in animal studies in neuroscience, genetics, metabolism, or related fields.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Must have published papers in the related field. 
  • Experience with animal surgery and in vivo metabolism studies.





Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.



Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity among its students, trainees, faculty and staff as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission, and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers and biomedical scientists, promoting scientific innovation, and providing patient-centered care. - Diversity, respect, and inclusiveness create an environment that is conducive to academic excellence, and strengthens our institution by increasing talent, encouraging creativity, and ensuring a broader perspective. - Diversity helps position Baylor to reduce disparities in health and healthcare access and to better address the needs of the community we serve. - Baylor is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding students, trainees, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds by providing a welcoming, supportive learning environment for all members of the Baylor community.

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