Sabrina Ayoub-Charette, Nutritional Sciences/Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Student Name: Sabrina Ayoub-Charette
Country of Origin: Dieppe, New-Brunswick, Canada
Undergraduate Department: Double Major- Nutritional Sciences/ Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
I decided to major in Nutritional Sciences after some trial and error with other programs. I was first in an animal physiology major, but this wasn’t right for me. Growing up, my family and I had a close relationship to food; we would grow food in our garden, cook and eat together. It was only natural for me to pursue this love for food and expand my relationship with it on a biological level. Being in this program allows me to expand my passion for health and nutrition.
In my second year (academic year 2015-2016), I was in the ROP299 course, working with Dr. Chen in a language in literacy development project. Here, I was responsible for data entry and data collection, where I would go to various elementary schools in Toronto to administer English and French language tests to young folk. Following this project, in the summer of 2016, I worked in a molecular biology laboratory in Moncton, New Brunswick, with Dr. Luc J. Martin. This is where I learned critical laboratory techniques, like cell culturing, PCR, western blotting and bacterial transformation. Currently, in my third year, I am taking the NFS394 course. I am conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis on the effects of food sources of sugar on incident gout, with Dr. Sievenpiper’s laboratory. I have completed the data collection and statistical analysis, and I am currently writing up my manuscript.
After my bachelors, I intend to pursue graduate studies in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. My long-term career goal is to continue to do research in this field, which I am passionate about, and to become a professor. I would like to share my knowledge and experience with others who are just as dedicated and passionate as I am, and this opportunity will allow me to do just that.