Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Positions, Molecular and Applied Nutrition, The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kate Stuart
August 20, 2013

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has postdoctoral (PhD, MD) training positions in the following research focus areas: Aging; Cell Signaling, Growth, and Development; Fat Soluble Vitamins; Metabolism and Metabolic Disease; and Minerals. Detailed information concerning the research interests of our 26 faculty trainers can be found at or by contacting Rick Eisenstain, Program Director ( 

Postdoctoral applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and 3 letters of reference to Rick Eisenstein, Professor, Deptartment of Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1415 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706 (email by Monday, September 30, 2013. Applicants may indicate which faculty trainers they are most interested in or which of the five research focus groups fits best with the research interests.


UW-Madison Molecular and Applied Nutrition NIH Funded Training Program (T32)

Faculty Trainer - Research Descriptions

  •  Alexandra Adams MD, PhD (Assoc. Prof. of Family Medicine) studies obesity and cardiovascular disease prevention working with Wisconsin Native American tribes.
  •  Rozalyn Anderson, PhD (Asst. Prof. of Medicine). Metabolism of aging and delayed of aging by caloric restriction.
  •  Alan Attie PhD (Prof. of Biochemistry) studies the genetics and genomics of obesity-induced type 2 diabetes.
  •  Herbert Chen MD (Prof. of Surgery) investigates the development, progression, and treatment of endocrine tumors including the cell-signaling pathways involved in the differentiation and growth of neuroendocrine tumors.
  •  Margaret Clagett-Dame PhD (Prof. of Biochemistry) studies the mechanism of action of the fat-soluble vitamins A and D and the therapeutic applications of vitamin analogs.
  •  John Denu PhD (Prof. of Biomolecular Chemistry) investigates the biological function of acetylation and other reversible protein modifications modulating signal transduction, gene activation and intermediary metabolism.
  •  Marc Drezner MD (Prof. of Medicine) studies the mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis and treatment of human vitamin D resistant disorders, focusing on miRNA regulation of phosphate homeostasis and bone mineralization.
  •  David Eide PhD (Prof of Nutritional Sciences) studies the mechanism of zinc uptake and homeostasis using the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model for understanding these processes in humans.
  •  Rick Eisenstein PhD (Prof. of Nutritional Sciences) studies how erythropoiesis and iron metabolism are controlled and coordinated including how dysregulation of molecular sensors of iron and oxygen causes disease.
  •  James Gern M.D. (Prof. of Medicine) studies how respiratory viruses and other environmental exposures including vitamin D metabolism and food allergies affect the onset of allergic diseases and asthma.
  •  Guy Groblewski PhD (Prof. of Nutritional Sciences) studies the molecular mechanisms of membrane trafficking events in digestive epithelial cells of the pancreas and how their dysregulation leads to pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.
  •  Karen Hansen, MD (Assoc. Prof. of Medicine) does human studies of relationships between vitamin D status & Ca absorption, bone mineral density and muscle fitness. Dual isotope absorption studies of factors affecting Ca and Mg.
  •  Colleen Hayes, PhD (Prof. of Biochemistry) studies mechanisms by which the hormones calcitriol and estradiol regulates the animal model of the autoimmune, neurodegenerative disease multiple sclerosis (MS).
  •  Kenneth Kudsk MD (Prof. of Surgery) investigates how enteral feeding reduces infectious complications in critically ill & critically injured patients including the role of enteral feeding in maintaining innate & adaptive mucosal immunity.
  •  HuiChuan Lai PhD (Prof. of Nutritional Sciences) studies how nutrition affects the onset and progression of pediatric chronic diseases including cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and obesity.
  •  Julie Mares PhD (Prof. of Opthal./Visual Sci.) conducts epidemiological studies on retinal biomarkers for carotenoids and other nutritional factors preserving vision and cognitive function & serve as markers of persons at risk for decline.
  •  Denise Ney PhD (Prof. Nutritional Sciences) studies the nutritional management and etiology of skeletal fragility in phenylketonuria using genetic mouse models and human subjects.
  •  Peter Nichol MD, PhD (Asst. Prof. of Medicine) focuses on intestinal development with a goal of developing therapies that will enable growth of the gut in patients with intestinal failure.
  •  James Ntambi PhD (Prof. of Biochemistry and Nutritional Sciences) studies how lipid metabolism impacts obesity and obesity-related diseases.
  •  David Pagliarini PhD (Asst. Prof. of Biochemistry) studies mitochondrial dysfunction in obesity, obesity-induced type II diabetes and other diseases using large scale MS-based proteomics & biochemical and molecular approaches.
  •  Tomas Prolla PhD (Prof. of Genetics) studies focused on understanding the molecular basis of the aging process and common age-related human diseases through the use of large-scale gene expression analysis.
  •  Susan Smith PhD (Prof. of Nutritional Sciences) investigates how nutrients (iron, vitamin A) affect fetal development, and how nutrient-toxicant interactions cause birth defects, such as in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
  •  Sherry Tanumihardjo PhD (Prof. of Nutritional Sciences) studies methods for vitamin A assessment and carotenoid bioavailability emphasizing provitamin A carotenoids in staple crops to improve vitamin A status world-wide
  •  Richard Weindruch PhD (Prof. of Medicine) studies the mechanisms through which caloric restriction slows aging.
  •  Eric Yen PhD (Asst. Prof. of Nutritional Sciences) studies lipid metabolism and energy balance, focusing on mechanisms that may account for differential responses to diet.