Nutrition Welcomes First Ph.D. Student
Rami Najjar is the first non-nursing Ph.D. student in Lewis College history when he begins the Doctor of Chemistry with a concentration in nutritional sciences this fall.
Najjar developed his passion for nutrition research and its impact on chronic disease prevention while an undergraduate at the University of Houston. As a Ph.D. candidate, he plans to further his research into the mechanisms that make plant-based diets particular effective in preventing, treating and possibly reversing chronic diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. He submitted an abstract to the American Heart Association and was accepted to present his research at the AHA scientific sessions conference this fall.
Najjar decided on Georgia State for his degree because this new Ph.D. program focuses on the mechanics of nutrition.
“While my previous research has focused on human interventional studies, to gain a deep understanding of the “how and why,” delving into the biochemistry is key,” he says.
Rock climbing is Najjar’s non-academic passion. He taught safety and technique classes in rock climbing and even coached a rock climbing team in Texas. He recently completed a climb of a 120-foot cave in Red River Gorge, Kentucky. (See photo.)