Meet your 2009 Student Bloggers!
Name: Emily C.
University: The Ohio State University (graduating June 2009); St. Louis University (dietetic internship starting August 2009)
Type of Degree currently pursuing: MS Human Nutrition; Dietetic Internship in fall
Expected Graduation Date: OSU: June 2009; St. Louis: June 2010
Specific Nutrition/Research Interest: soy and gastrointestinal health; complementary and alternative medicine, supplementation in the pediatric population
Professional Goals: I am interested in research, as well as clinical practice, and my goal is not only to utilize the existing knowledge in the field but also to add to that knowledge for the benefit of future dietitians.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine http://nccam.nih.gov/
American Dietetic Association http://www.eatright.org
Personal Blog-The Health Nut http://healthnut-em.blogspot.com
Name: Jovana K.
University: University of Toronto
Type of Degree currently pursuing: PhD
Expected Graduation Date: September 2012
Specific Nutrition/Research Interest: The overall goal of my research is to understand how neonatal exposure to soy isoflavones (dietary estrogens) modulates long-term programming of bone metabolism in male and female mice. My work to date has revealed that early exposure to soy isoflavones (i.e. daidzein and genistein) promotes the acquisition of bone mass at skeletal sites that differ in the proportion of cortical and trabecular bone, but their mechanisms of action remain to be determined.
Professional Goals: To become a primary investigator in an academic or government setting
Name: Rebecca K.
University: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Type of Degree currently pursuing: PhD International Health/Human Nutrition
Expected Graduation Date: May 2012
Specific Nutrition/Research Interest: The nutrition transition; Overweight/obesity
Professional Goals: International nutrition research, journalism, organic farming; and a combination thereof.
Name: Erik K.
University: Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Type of Degree currently pursuing: Ph.D.
Expected Graduation Date: May 2010
Specific Nutrition/Research Interest: Nutritional immunology, obesity, immune response to viral infection
Professional Goals: To increase the pool of knowledge, understanding and public health awareness of the effect of nutrition on the immune system
Favorite link(s)/website(s): American Society for Nutrition
Gillings School of Global Public Health (http://www.sph.unc.edu), The
Foodology Collective (http://www.thefoodologycollective.com
), Tar Heel Blue (http://www.tarheelblue.com),
Epicurious (http://www.epicurious.com ),
CHOW (http://www.chow.com ),
Name: Alison K.
University: University of California, Davis
Type of Degree currently pursuing: PhD
Expected Graduation Date: 2011-2012
Specific Nutrition/Research Interest: inter-individual variability, adipose physiology, analytical chemistry
Professional Goals: to develop innovative and sustainable undergraduate research programs in underrepresented institutions (i.e., community colleges)
Favorite link(s)/website(s): www.kdrt.org/station/archives/398 it's a link for my radio show!
Name: Rachel K.
University: The Ohio State University
Type of Degree currently pursuing: PhD Human Nutrition
Expected Graduation Date: 2011
Specific Nutrition/Research Interest: In general, I am interested in disease prevention because I feel that prevention is by far the best medicine – no unwanted side effects and much cheaper than medical treatment. Currently I work in a lab which studies phytochemicals present in fruits and vegetables. Phytochemicals are compounds which are not essential vitamins or minerals, but may be beneficial in preventing long term disease. My current research focuses on carotenoids (the compounds which impart the red, yellow, and orange colors to many fruits and vegetables). We are trying to understand how the human body metabolizes carotenoids. A better understanding of metabolism will help us to determine if and how these compounds may protect against various forms of cancer and heart disease.
Professional Goals: I would be lying if I said I knew
exactly what I wanted to do when I finish graduate school!
My future plans change as I become aware of new
opportunities. In the short-term, I would like to work as a
post-doctoral researcher at a government institution like the
NIH, USDA, or FDA. In the long-term, I see myself managing
a research and development team (at a university, a major food
company, or at the government level). This position will
allow me to utilize my scientific knowledge and managerial skills
while simultaneously interacting with different types of people
doing different kinds of research! What could be
bbc news (my home page, and the only way I know what's going on in the world)
phD comics (if you think you're alone in graduate school, check out these comic strips – they make light of a graduate student's daily struggles)
www.epicurious.com (recipes from gourmet magazine, food & wine, and others)
www.wikipedia.org (a graduate student's best friend – don't tell my advisor!)
npr morning edition (occasionally I have the opportunity to listen while I'm analyzing a large data set)
OSU GSNS (my graduate student organization's blog – how I keep up with club activities)
Name: Caitlin L.
University: California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
Type of Degree currently pursuing: M.S. Nutrition
Expected Graduation Date: June 2010
Specific Nutrition/Research Interest:
-Community Nutrition: Impact of social networking and media on
dietary and health behaviors of adolescents.
-Nutrition education and disease prevention
To be a part of a little bit of everything including:
-Freelance Nutrition writer to educate the public
-Private Practice Nutrition Counselor
-Health Club and Wellness Center Consultant- Sports Nutrition/Weight Loss
-Community based nutrition program advisor/program coordinator
Name: Harini S.
University: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Post-doc, Oregon Health and Science University
Type of Degree currently pursuing: Post-doc
Expected Graduation Date: December, 2010
Specific Nutrition/Research Interest: Regulation of lipid metabolism and energy homeostasis
Professional Goals: Establish an independent biochemical and molecular nutrition research lab
Name: Bobban S.
University: Dept of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Type of Degree currently pursuing: PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Expected Graduation Date: Summer 2010
Specific Nutrition/Research Interest:
-Sustainability and health issues in seafood production and nutrition.
-Public health significance of dietary level of Omega 3 fatty acids.
-Alternative lipid sources for animal feed formulations.
-Challenges of competing land use Biofuel Vs Food (Soybean and Corn) on basic nutrition in developing countries.
-Be active in academic research on functional probionts expressing higher amounts of omega 3 fatty acids in animal and human nutrition.
-Work with advocacy groups and international organizations on basic nutritional needs of third world countries.
Name: Matt T.
University: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Type of Degree currently pursuing: MD/PhD
Expected Graduation Date: May 2013
Specific Nutrition/Research Interest: Protein intake and bone health,Macronutrients and weight loss,Applied statistical methods
Professional Goals: Academic medicine - metabolism
Favorite link(s)/website(s): http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=246