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Chusyd winner of Ireland Research Travel Award

April 27, 2015

Daniella E. Chusyd, MA, graduate student trainee in the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and Department of Nutrition Sciences, is a 2015 recipient of a highly competitive Ireland Research Travel Award, which is “strategically targeted to provide students with unique and valuable opportunities.” This award is funded by an endowment established at UAB by Caroline Ireland and the late Charles W. Ireland, as well as by new resources allocated to the Graduate School from the Provost’s office. 

Ms. Chusyd’s research foundation lies with body composition and the physiological results of excess fat, areas in which her department and lab excel. She has been invited by Dr. Janine Brown—a prominent elephant reproductive physiologist and collaborator on Ms. Chusyd’s dissertation work—to Thailand to study in a wildlife endocrinology lab. This opportunity provides Ms. Chusyd with learning experiences both in field laboratory methodologies and overall elephant behavioral education, which Ms. Chusyd hopes to integrate into her research, as well as in conservation efforts of zoo and free-ranging elephants to hedge against future extinction risk.

Ms. Chusyd received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Florida before earning a Masters of Arts in Government from the Interdisciplinary Center Hertzliya in Israel (cum laude honors). In 2012, Daniella started the Nutrition Sciences PhD program at UAB to further her research interests in dietary influence on body composition and the impact on metabolic and physiological processes in African elephants (Loxodonta africana), as well as energetics.