Graduate Student Spotlight

The University of Minnesota is where some of the best and brightest future industry leaders are honing their research.

Each week we will feature a different graduate student and their current research efforts, giving you an opportunity to learn more about what is happening in our department, as well as the world of food science and nutrition research right now.

hannah paruzynski headshotName: Hannah Paruzynski
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
Degree Pursuing: M.S. Nutrition
Adviser: Joanne Slavin

Research focus: My research focuses on foods and digestive health. I have examined how different whole foods can alleviate the symptoms of digestive issues like constipation, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome.

How did you become interested in nutrition? 
As a life-long food, lover, nutrition seemed like a perfect fit and through the coursework at the U I also found that counseling and working one-on-one with people was a passion of mine as well.

Why did you choose the University of Minnesota?
I specifically chose the U to pursue my degree because of the challenging, yet rewarding experience I had a the U when I obtained my B.S. in Biochemistry.

How does your research tie in to the research being done in your adviser's lab?
Our lab does a lot of research on fiber and its impact on health including satiety, gut health and health markers like stool frequency and consistency. 

Future plans 
I plan to graduate this spring and begin The Emily Program Internship in August to become a registered dietitian.

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