Katherine Schwenger - Institute of Medical Science
Country of Origin: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
- Bachelors of Applied Science Human Nutrition, University of Guelph
- Masters of Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph
- Registered Dietitian
Recent Research Experience:
During my undergraduate education I assisted a Registered Dietitian at the Botswana-Baylor International Paediatric AIDS Initiative with investigating the effectiveness of enriched peanut butter on HIV/AIDS positive children growth curves. In addition, I completed research at the Centre for International Governance Innovation on how climate change impacted food security and food systems in Africa.
During my Masters education I assisted Dr. Madill and the UHN Liver Transplant Team with a study investigating a products effect on the fat in the liver of healthy living liver donors. My Masters research project at the University of Guelph under the supervision of Dr. Randall Simpson focused on the ideal design and format of the NutriSTEP Parent Nutrition Knowledge Questionnaire.
I am currently conducting clinical research at the University Health Network. My current research explores the relationship between non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and intestinal microbiota in morbidly obese patient’s pre and post bariatric surgery.
Why Faculty of Medicine?
I chose the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto due to the exposure I had from my mentor and U of T graduate, Dr. Madill. Through her I saw how U of T provides an excellent platform that combination of research, education and unique opportunities. Furthermore, U of T’s international reputation in research and medicine as well as the networking opportunities will help further my career goals. As a dietitian, I want to help bridge the gap between clinical nutrition/research and medicine, and I believe that the Faculty of Medicine fosters this opportunity.
Future Education Plans and/or Career Goals:
Prior to starting my degree at the U of T, I was unsure of the direction I wanted to take. However, through my experience as a graduate student, I have developed a passion for combining business, science and education. Thus upon completion of my PhD, I would like to work as a medical science liaison within a pharmaceutical company.