A Postdoctoral Fellowship in Protein Metabolism is available in the laboratory of Teresa A. Davis, Ph.D.
at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center (CNRC) at Baylor College of Medicine. The
CNRC is an internationally recognized leader in pediatric nutrition and is located in a state-of-the art
research facility in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, TX. Our laboratory studies the role of nutrition
in the regulation of muscle growth with the overall goal of developing nutritional strategies to guide the
feeding of low birth weight infants and young pigs to promote muscle growth.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will conduct research related to one or more of the following research areas:
identification of the mechanisms by which nutrients regulate protein synthesis and degradation in the
neonate; discovery of the signaling components in the nutrient and growth factor signaling pathways that
regulate the developmental changes in protein synthesis and degradation; determination of the intracellular
mechanisms by which leucine is sensed by neonatal muscle in vivo and the role of these signaling
components in the regulation of muscle protein synthesis and lean growth; identification of the impact of
low birth weight and prematurity on growth regulation; investigation of the effect of different feeding
modalities on protein synthesis, growth, and body composition during the neonatal period; and
development of dietary interventions to promote lean growth and mitigate fat accretion in the at-risk
neonate. Preterm and term neonatal pigs are used as translational models.
The position offers the opportunity to gain technical experience in tissue and whole body protein turnover
using stable- and radio-isotope methodology, pancreatic-substrate clamps, energy balance and body
composition assessment, muscle morphometry, cell proliferation, nutrient signaling, and molecular
biology laboratory techniques. The Postdoctoral Fellow will participate in the CNRC Postdoctoral
Fellowship Training Program designed to promote the career development of the CNRC Fellows.
Candidates should have a Ph.D., M.D., or D.V.M and experience in nutrition or metabolism and animal
studies with demonstrated analytical skills. Experience with animal surgery and molecular biology
techniques is desirable. This position has a two year term and salary is commensurate with experience
based on current NIH guidelines.
Send letter of interest, CV, and names of 3 references to Teresa A. Davis, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics,
Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, 1100 Bates St., Houston, TX 77030.
Email: [email protected]