Praew Chantarasinlapin (Ph.D. ’17)
Praew came from Thailand five years ago as part of the country’s inaugural program on preparing Nutrition students for tracks in research and the professoriateDuring her sophomore year in college, Praew faced two life-changing moments. Her father suffered a stroke, and her university announced an opportunity for exceptional students to pursue their graduate studies abroad. She spent the next two years researching cardiovascular disease, while preparing for the program that would bring her to FIU. Praew came from Thailand five years ago as part of the country’s inaugural program on preparing Nutrition students for tracks in research and the professoriate, a much needed initiative as the country currently has only 8 Registered Dietitians. Her mission was to successfully complete both degrees while absorbing knowledge and training that she could then take and apply at her university back home. Through interdisciplinary collaborations between her advisor, Dr. Fatma Huffman, and other faculty across campus, Praew has had the opportunity to immerse herself in cutting-edge research on diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She has come a long way from the day she set foot on campus. Back home, she was taught to listen and not speak in class. Here, she was challenged to do the opposite, so much so that her research productivity has taken her to numerous professional conferences and has resulted in scholarly publications. She is excited about the critical role that she will have in leading her country into its next phase of research, pedagogy, and technology in the field, and in preparing the next generation of nutrition scholars in Thailand.