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Human Adipocyte Cellular Physiology and Metabolism

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

We are recruiting a post-doctoral fellow to join us in our study of adipose tissue physiology in the Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Obesity Branch, NIDDK, NIH, in Bethesda, MD. With the report by our group that human brown adipose tissue (BAT) is a functional organ (NEJM 2009;360:1507), we have built a lab-based platform to understand the underlying human brown and white adipocyte physiology and to translate the discoveries back into clinical trials (JCI 2020;130:2209 and JCI Insight. 2021;6:e139160).

Current projects focus on in vitro metabolism, bioenergetics, and bioinformatics using immortalized human adipocyte cell lines and the identification of novel brown adipokines and their impact on metabolism.


We are seeking scientists with experience in cellular models of physiology. Candidates ideally should also have a background in bioinformatics and have worked with animal models of metabolism. They should be enthusiastic about working in a team environment and collaborating with multiple other labs within the branch, across the NIH, and with colleagues in different institutions.

To Apply:

Please send a letter describing your long-term goals and interests, CV, and the names of three (3) references to the following:
Aaron M. Cypess, MD, PhD

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