Interconnected Animal and Human Nutrition
The intercollegiate PhD program in nutrition at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has made it possible for me to move forward in the direction of comparative and comprehensive nutrition. I started my professional career as a veterinarian and concentrated on animal nutrition. While exploring in depth, I came to comprehend the interconnection of animal and human nutrition as a major research avenue which is as important as zoonosis epidemiology. Conducting research in animal nutrition not only makes advancement for animal growth and better health but also serves as a model for understanding the similar physiology and metabolism in humans. Further, providing human with balanced and healthy animal product is one of the major responsibilities of animal scientists who have to efficiently coordinate with human nutrition specialists.
I am glad to join the PhD program in nutrition at UHM and expect to advance my knowledge in the field while working with experienced researchers. It is very pleasing to find that this program is well suited for specializing in a specific area besides obtaining comprehensive knowledge in nutrition for its wide-ranging application in human health in the society. The climate in Hawaii is simply great and the people around are very friendly which make the working environment stress free. The faculty, colleagues and supervisors are very cooperative and encouraging. Moreover, the opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant in a range of courses has contributed significantly in the improvement of my practical skills and communication competencies. I hope that this program will provide me a platform to explore more on the ways to tackle metabolic problems widespread in some population either due to deficiencies or over-abundance of some nutrients in the body.
– Amit Kumar Singh, BVSc & A.H