Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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Welcome to the Timko Research Group. We are a dynamic research lab in the Perelman School of Medicine housed at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Research in our lab examines a range of topics related to eating disorders and malnutrition. Browse around and reach out with interest or questions.

Post-doctoral and Research Assistant Positions Available!

The Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program (EDATP) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is seeking a post-doctoral research fellow (2 year position) to work within the Timko Research Group. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is home to the Department of Pediatrics for the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and is consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country in the U.S. News and World Report’s Honor Roll of the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals. CHOP’s Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program is a collaboration between clinical care and research. The clinical program is a large and vibrant eating disorder program serving over 400 new pediatric and adolescent patients each year and has a treatment philosophy grounded in the principles of Family Based Treatment and other evidence-based treatment modalities. Research in the Timko Research Group focuses on neuro-cognition, reward, sex differences, the development/ modification of treatment for children and adolescents with restrictive eating and has collaborations within the EDATP  focused on metabolomics and inflammation in eating disorders. As part of the EDATP and Timko Lab, fellows will be able to receive training in neuroimaging, and will be eligible for internal grant opportunities, will collaborate with researchers in other areas at CHOP and within the University of Pennsylvania, and have the opportunity to join PolicyLab (, a center within the Research Institute at CHOP. Fellows will assist with manuscript and grant preparation and will be encouraged to develop/refine their own area of research. For candidates in need of clinical hours, opportunities are available in the context of ongoing and planned clinical trials and in our clinical program. Opportunities exist for training in FBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Eating Disorders, and Cognitive Remediation Therapy. Under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, fellows will have training experiences in the areas of research and clinical training that will help prepare them for a future career in a pediatric healthcare setting or university-based training program.  Finally, this is a unique post-doctoral training opportunity in that it offers exposure to a well-integrated multidisciplinary team in a Children’s Hospital setting, with opportunities to shadow and learn about pediatric medical management, nutrition services, and inpatient medical stabilization for young people with eating disorders.If interested, please send a cover letter and current CV along with the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Alix Timko ( Review of applications will begin immediately.

We are interviewing Research Assistants for volunteer positions for the '20-21 academic year. Interested applicants should send a CV/resume, cover letter detailing their reasons of interest in our lab, and reference name and contact details to Clinical Research Coordinator Sonakshi Negi at