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Krittikan Chanpaisaeng

Krittikan is a second year Ph.D. student in the Interdepartmental Nutrition Program (INP), working in the calcium and vitamin D lab with Prof. James Fleet. She receives a scholarship from the Royal Thai Government to pursue her passion in nutrition and genetics. Her research interest revolves around the potential for individuals’ genetic makeup to vary nutritional requirements, also known as "personalized nutrition." For her dissertation project, she is investigating genetic variations that support bone development in response to varied dietary calcium intakes. This work would provide a scientific foundation for a personalized recommendation of calcium intake for maximizing peak bone mass acquisition and preventing osteoporosis later in life.

When she graduates from Purdue, she will serve as a scientist at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) in Bangkok, Thailand. She strongly believes that the experiences at Purdue will equip her for her future research career. She hopes that her work will provide new insights and scientific evidence for improving individuals’ health through personalized nutrition in the years to come.

Why did you choose Purdue?
Because the renowned professor in the field of study that I am interested in as well as the quality of education and multi-disciplinary nature of the graduate program.

What is your favorite fact about Purdue?
If the Purdue Boilermaker football team wins, we get a 5% discount for every touchdown for any purchase at the Purdue Bookstore on the next Monday.

Career goal?
I will go back to my home country and work as nutrition scientist at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

Three words that best describe your work
Nutrition Genetics Health

What apps, software, or tools can’t you live without?
DoubleMap, Dropbox, Calm, Nike Run, Pandora, YouTube

What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?
Wake up early (i.e. 5 am), have a cup of favorite coffee (with toast) and work on the most important thing of the day before leaving for school.

How do you recharge?
Go on a long run by myself outside with my favorite podcasts or playlists.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Doubts kills more dreams than failure ever will. - Suzy Kassem

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