Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurology

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurology

New Orleans, LA
Open Date:
Jul 23, 2020

The primary responsibility of this position is to support research in the Tulane Healthy Brain Aging Initiative. The Department of Neurology, the Center for Clinical Neurosciences, and the Center for Clinical Neuroscience Research of the Tulane School of Medicine aspire to build and lead clinical practice, education, and research programs to preserve and improve brain health by preventing cognitive decline and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. This banner initiative, known as the Tulane Healthy Brain Aging Initiative, will involve stakeholders in successful aging and brain wellness from multiple Tulane colleges, institutes, and departments, and will include partnerships with the City of New Orleans and the Louisiana Department of Health, as well as the Alzheimer’s Association and AARP. We also seek to create and lead a national and international Brain Health Consortium.  We will invite Tulane stakeholders and partner organizations to participate in Targeted Populations, Risk Assessments, Evidence-based Interventions, Research and Development, PR and Marketing, and Community Engagement Working Groups: creating structures and processes to continuously improve brain health outcomes. The post-doctoral research fellow will specifically support the development of a research program studying the passive transfer of the Mediterranean diet via oral ingestion of encapsulated freeze-dried fecal microbiota as a method of preventing cognitive decline and dementia.

Roles and Responsibilities: This is a research position.  Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Literature Review.  Aids with the conceptualization and design of research by searching the medical and scientific literature (e.g., PubMed) and by attending at least one scientific meeting or conference annually (e.g., Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease Conference).  Provides regular written reports regarding nutrition, gut microbiome, and brain health research to the Director, Tulane Healthy Brain Aging Initiative.
  • Research.  Participates in the conduct of nutrition, gut microbiome, and brain health research in the Tulane Healthy Brain Aging Initiative, including mice models of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, non-human primate models of aging and Alzheimer’s disease, and observational studies and clinical trials in human subjects.  Writes and submits protocols to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and to the Institutional Review Board. Writes and submits grants for funding support (intramural, extramural). Aids in the design and performs translational research experiments in mice and non-human primates. Designs and performs clinical trials research in human subjects, including the recruitment and enrollment and data collection, and the creation and maintenance of data bases. Aids with the statistical analysis and interpretation of data. Drafts and submits papers for presentations at scientific meetings and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Management.  Assists Research Administration with the management of budgets for all funded Tulane Healthy Brain Aging Initiative research programs. 
  • Reporting.  Reports to the Director, Tulane Healthy Brain Aging Initiative, with close working relations also with the Director of the Center for Clinical Neuroscience Research, and with its research administrators.



  • PhD.  A PhD in nutrition or a related field of science, is required. 
  • Experience.  Experienced in the conduct of all aspects of clinical research, with experience in research involving the gut microbiome; experience in translational research an added plus. Demonstrated scholarly production, including publications, presentations, and grant submissions.
  • Full time.  This is a full time salaried position.  Some weekend hours or evening hours expected for community events or laboratory experiments or clinical trials activities as needed.  Some travel is expected for attending courses and conferences.
  • Supervisory responsibilities.  None.
  • Start date.  The targeted start date for this position will be August 1, 2020.




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Job No:
Posted: 8/14/2020
Application Due: 8/10/2021
Work Type: Full Time