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A post-doctoral fellowship opportunity is offered under the supervision of Dr. Robert Kaplan, to become part of his interdisciplinary research group. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to pursue independent research and publications through the use of rich epidemiological study resources from major NIH-initiated cohort studies in chronic disease epidemiology. Building upon long term followup of population based epidemiological cohort studies, our group has developed a diverse research portfolio that integrates traditional clinical epidemiological measurements, wearable monitor data (e.g., physical activity, sleep), genetics (GWA, whole genome sequencing), metabolomics, gut microbiome, electronic health records and psychosocial and lifecourse epidemiology approaches. Our areas of research focus include lifestyle behaviors including diet, physical activity and sleep, with a particular focus on the Hispanic / Latino adult and pediatric populations; inflammatory and immunologic determinants of cardiometabolic disease; genetic epidemiology studies among multiethnic populations; nutritional epidemiology; and multi-omics research (genomics, transcriptomics, epigenetics, metabolomics). Projects include the following large multicenter collaborations, among others: Hispanic Community Health Study-Study of Latinos/HCHS-SOL; Women's Interagency HIV Study/WIHS; Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study/MACS; Nurses’ Health Study; Health Professionals Follow-up Study; Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology consortium/CHARGE, NIH Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine Program/TOPMed.
Seeking highly-motivated applicants (PhD/ScD in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or related field) with outstanding training and experience in epidemiological methods. While diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease are the main focus of our group, individuals with interests in related conditions and risk factors are welcomed to apply. Applicants are expected to have outstanding writing skills and will be expected to conceive and execute creative new uses of epidemiological cohort study data. We also encourage and support attendance at scientific conferences, and participation in Steering Committee and other study leadership meetings of national/international collaborative research groups.