Fatemeh Hadizadeh

Why this profession?

I am a medical doctor from Iran and a doctoral researcher at the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition, Karolinska Institute, Sweden. I have been very interested in research since I attended medical school so I started to learn and practice research skills at the medical student research center simultaneously. At that time, I became interested in the gastrointestinal (GI) system and did my medical degree research thesis on “acetic acid induced colitis”. After  graduatiing and, parallel to clinical practice, I became a research fellow at the Isfahan Integrated Functional Gastrointestinal Research Center (IFGRC) and worked on different projects related to the GI system. At the same time, I became interested in genetic research and started to do some research in this field at the Isfahan Applied Physiology Research Center.

Now my PhD thesis title is: “Understanding the interplay between gut microbiota, gut function and host genes in the generation of gastrointestinal symptoms and disease” and my main focus is on the two disorders of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Irritable Bowel syndrome; the role of intestinal microbiota in the development of these two disorders, and the contribution of human genes in determining gut microbial composition.

Why RTG Genes, Environment and Inflammation?

The research training group (RTG) “Genes, Environment and Inflammation” provides me with the excellent opportunity expose myself to different novel projects in my field of research and puts me in contact with other doctoral researchers working in this area as well as their supervisors who are experienced scientists in the field. I believe that participation in this RTG will be of considerable value to me in order to help me develop a better overall understanding of this whole area of research and furthermore, to define a clearer research map for my future career.