Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Preventive Medicine

Program Details

The Northwestern University Postdoctoral Research Opportunity Fellowship (NU-PROF) is funded by the American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Network. The Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University was one of four institutions to receive funding for the inaugural Prevention Research Network.  The PI of the Northwestern University network site is Dr. Philip Greenland and the fellowship training program is led by Dr. Mercedes Carnethon.  The overall objective of the Northwestern University Strategically Focused Prevention Research Network Center is to identify biological and behavioral mechanisms associated with the maintenance of ideal cardiovascular health in youth and young adults. The three projects affiliated with the center include a molecular epidemiology project with a particular focus on epigenetic biomarkers (Basic science project) led by Dr. Lifang Hou, a behavioral intervention trial that applies social media and mobile health technologies to preserve college students’ cardiovascular health (clinical project) led by Dr. Bonnie Spring and a longitudinal observational epidemiology project (population science project) led by Dr. Norrina Allen.

The NU-PROF scholar will be expected to rotate through research experiences in the basic, clinical and population fields in the first year. At least one of these research collaborations needs to include one of the funded projects of the research center. During the second year of the fellowship, the NU-PROF scholar is expected to lead an independent research project that incorporates at least two of the disciplines (i.e., basic and clinical, population and clinical, basic and population).  The objective of the independent research project is to collect preliminary data to be used for a research grant proposal that is suitable for submission during the next stage in the scholar’s career. The scholar will be funded to travel to at least one meeting per year for the SFRN.


Fellows are required to have completed their doctoral degree (MD, Ph.D., DO, ScD) prior to beginning the fellowship.  The ideal scholar will have a background in any of the following disciplines: clinical medicine, public health (e.g., epidemiology, health education, communication, biostatistics), microbiology, behavioral science (e.g., psychology, anthropology, sociology),  kinesiology, mobile health, or the life sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry). Given the multidisciplinary activities of the fellowship, training in more than one area is highly valued.  All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.


The fellowship lasts for two years beginning in July.

Stipend and Benefits

The salary for the fellowship is $39,247 per year. You will be eligible to participate in the health and dental, group term and optional life insurance, long-term disability, FSA, retirement, and long-term care plans.  The fellow is expected to devote 100% effort towards the fellowship and he/she cannot hold any additional federal funding while serving as a scholar.


Applicants should submit their Curriculum Vitae, a letter of interest and three letters of recommendation to Putri Kusumo at

Philip Greenland, MD

Mercedes Carnethon, PhD