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Elena Dent

Year: 4 PhD


Academic background: Graduated from Mississippi State University in 2008 with a BS in Nutrition, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2009 with a post baccalaureate Nutrition Supervised Practice certificate, and from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2015 with a MS in Biomedical Sciences.

Research and personal statement: While working as a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, I participated in a research project focused on diabetes education. This experience introduced me to the opportunities that research can provide and helped me define my career goals of becoming an academic researcher. As a graduate student, I am interested in connecting my experiences in nutrition and metabolic disorders with the strong physiology background I will receive as part of the UMMC Department of Physiology and Biophysics.