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Sarah Belisle, A03, N05, N08

About her

Sarah Belisle is the second recipient of the DSM Nutritional Products Scholarship, established four years ago by a gift from the company then known as Roche Vitamins. The scholarship supports advanced degree students at the Friedman School conducting research on the role of dietary compounds in promoting human health.

Sarah captained Tufts women's rugby and took her undergraduate degree from the School of Arts & Sciences before pursuing graduate studies at the Friedman School, where she became interested in studying the association between micronutrients and immune function. She completed her master's in 2005 and now is pursuing her PhD.

Her Passion

"I am currently working under the direction of Dr. Simin Nikbin Meydani and Dr. Jose Ordovas to develop my thesis project. My project integrates the fields of immunology, nutrition and molecular biology. It will examine the relationship between genetics and nutrition, and how these factors impact respiratory infection in the elderly. I hope the outcomes of my research will help us understand how nutrients and genes interact to influence individual response to infection."

Why She's Grateful

"The DSM Scholarship has enabled me to pursue a doctorate that combines multiple aspects of my intellectual interests. The Friedman School produces notable research in all aspects of nutrition research, and through the scholarship, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the top researchers in the field of nutrition science."