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SyMBIOTA Lab welcomes visiting PhD student Aline Davias

Aline Davias, a PhD student in Environmental Epidemiology at the University of Grenoble Alpes France, recently concluded her 3 month visiting studentship at Dr Kozyrkyj’s SyMBIOTA lab at the University of Alberta.

In early 2023 Aline was awarded the IDEX studentship from the University of Grenoble Alpes. “My research interests are in environmental exposure to chemicals, gut microbiota and how it impacts child health. I had heard of Dr Kozyrskyj’s microbiome research through reading one of the teams recent publication on gut microbiota and neurodevelopment (Tamana et al. 2021) and I decided to get in touch.”

Using data collected from CHILD Study participants and microbiome data from the SyMBIOTA team, Aline’s project investigated whether gut microbiome and secretory immunoglobulin A in early life were associated with Bayley Cognitive Scores in childhood. “This was a perfect fit given my background in epidemiology and allowed me to expand my data analysis skill on mediation.” comments Aline. “It’s been great to work with Dr Kozyrskyj and her team and learn some new skills that will help me further with my PhD studies.”

Aline has also had the opportunity to experience some new activities outside the lab too, having spent time in the Rockies and exploring neighboring British Columbia.

“It’s been fantastic to have Aline join our team over the last few months. We’ve benefited greatly from her expert analysis and personal contributions to the team. We wish her all the best with her future career.” comments Dr Kozyrskyj.

Aline Davias (second left) and Dr Kozyrskyj (fourth on left).

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