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UMass: Alumna Selected for Butler-Williams Scholars Program

Dr. Sharmin Hossain, who earned her PhD in public health with a concentration in nutrition in 2018 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, was recently selected for the U.S. National Institute on Aging’s Butler-Williams Scholars Program. The week-long program targets emerging researchers interested in the topic of aging.

Dr. Hossain currently works for the National Institute on Aging (NIA) as a postdoctoral research fellow on the Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span (HANDLS) study, a 20-year longitudinal study investigating the sources of persistent health disparities in overall longevity, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Her current position is an extension of the NIA internship she received while still a doctoral candidate at UMass Amherst.

“My 2017 internship at NIA helped lay the groundwork for my current research, and I consider myself very fortunate for that opportunity,” says Dr. Hossain. “While at UMass I also received diverse training on everything from nutrition and epidemiology to molecular and cellular biology, and I owe my current position to exceptional faculty mentors.”

Dr. Hossain was among five postdoctoral fellows selected by the NIA’s Intramural Research Program to participate in the Butler-Williams Scholars Program. The program included lectures, seminars, and small group discussions in research design relative to aging, including issues relevant to aging of ethnic and racial minorities. The program also included consultation on the development of research interests and advice on preparing and submitting research grant applications to NIA.

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