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Priyanka Dadha (she/her)

Postdoctoral Scholar in the Institute of Public Health and Medicine

Priyanka Dadha (she/her)

Define your own success, avoid comparisons, and enjoy the journey while staying true to your values.”

Priyanka Dadha is a postdoctoral scholar in the Institute of Public Health and Medicine in the Feinberg School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the broader public health understanding of food allergies, its impact on communities, and the development of strategies to improve prevention, diagnosis, and management of this important health concern. Priyanka has held key roles at institutions like King George's Medical University and Northwestern University, contributing to projects funded by organizations such as the Indian Council of Medical Research. She is also the current social subcommittee chair of the Northwestern University Postdoctoral Association (NUPA). 

How would you describe your research and/or work to a non-academic audience? 
Broadly, I research nutrition with expertise in respiratory health, focusing on the impact of dietary factors on conditions like asthma. 

What is a mistake you have learned from in your career? 
A pivotal career lesson came from overseeing a hospital-based survey on the prevalence of food allergies. We saw challenges with our data collection, which highlighted the need for meticulous questionnaire testing. This experience showed me the importance of refining research instruments, ensuring more robust and reliable outcomes in subsequent studies. 

What is the biggest potential impact or implication of your work? 
I strive to advance our understanding of food allergy and nutrition, contributing as a principal investigator and key personnel in significant studies. With a focus on vitamin D levels and food allergy prevalence, my work aims to impact healthcare practices and public health strategies on a global scale. 

Why Northwestern? 
I chose Northwestern because of its exceptional academic programs, distinguished faculty, and dynamic research opportunities. The university's commitment to excellence and innovation aligns with my academic and career goals. The vibrant campus environment and its prime location further contribute to an enriching academic experience. 

How do you unwind after a long day? 
After a long day, I unwind by engaging in activities like reading, watching movies, spending time with loved ones, or practicing mindfulness. 

What inspires you? 
I find inspiration in resilience, meaningful connections, and the pursuit of knowledge. Witnessing individuals overcome challenges motivates me, while making a positive impact in my community and embracing creativity drives my sense of purpose. 

How would your closest friends describe you? 
My closest friends might describe me as dependable and trustworthy. I tend to be a good listener, always ready to offer support and encouragement. I’m known for my sense of humor, and I bring a light-hearted atmosphere to our interactions. 

What advice would you give your younger self or someone considering a similar path? 
Embrace continuous learning, cultivate resilience, and prioritize a supportive network to navigate challenges and successes. Balance ambition with patience, prioritize well-being, and trust the non-linear path of personal and professional development. Define your own success, avoid comparisons, and enjoy the journey while staying true to your values. 

Tell us about a current achievement or something you're working on that excites you. 
I'm proud to be a postdoctoral scholar at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, USA, starting from May 2022. This role is a crucial step in my career, allowing me to deepen my research expertise and contribute to the academic community. With an extensive publication record and active participation in conferences, I am dedicated to advancing knowledge in nutrition and allergies within the dynamic academic environment at Northwestern. 

Publish Date: April 9, 2024  

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