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FST student conducts research in Nicaragua

Aug. 29, 2017
OSU students in Nicaragua

Alba Claudia Mayta Apaza, a PhD student of Dr. Jiyoung Lee, spent the summer in Nicaragua for conducting a study about infants and children gut microbiome development.
She was one of the leaders of the OSU students who went together. Her communication skill with Spanish was the key factor for completing the summer trip and our collaboration with the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua (UNAN). While she was there, she collected fecal samples from infants/children and other environmental samples around the households, helped surveying the participating moms, and processed the samples at the UNAN lab.
It was part of our initial study that we are investigating how environmental exposure and cultural factors affect infant gut microbiome development and their health outcome.
The trip was funded by the project from OSU International Affairs Research Grant for Faculty. The project title is ‘Zoonotic Diarrheal Disease Transmission in Developing Countries (PI: Lee)’.

OSU students in Nicaragua