Eva Gatti studied Food and Consumer Science at Abertay, and is about to study a Masters degree at the top university in the world for Food science, Wageningen University (WUR)
In this blog post, she tells us how Abertay helped her get there.
Throughout high school I had two main interests - travelling and nutrition, so as soon as I learnt about the Food and Consumer Science course at Abertay, I applied.
I will be forever grateful for the opportunities that Abertay University gave me.
I was chosen to be part of the Erasmus Plus program during which I attended a full academic year at the University of Federico II, in Naples. Within this experience, I attended one semester of a Master course called Food Innovation and Product Design (FIPDes) where I met incredible lecturers, researchers and students.
During my third year, I attended a placement at the Polytechnic of Singapore. Because I enjoyed that experience so much, I decided I was going to conduct my dissertation on Food Chemistry.
When fourth year came, I had to overcome many challenges but thanks to the amazing support of our lecturers, it turned out to be a great year for personal and career growth.
As soon as my course finished, I started my professional career as a Technical Assistant at Graham’s The Family Dairy during which I applied all the knowledge and skills that I learnt at Abertay University.
After one year in the Dairy Manufacturing Industry, I decided I wanted to keep learning and I applied for the Masters course in Food Technology at Wageningen University, in the Netherlands. I was over the moon when I was accepted and I am looking forward to starting the course this September.
I have developed a deep interest in the subject of gut microbiota and I would like to channel my specialisation and career choices towards that field. In particular, I am very interested in ingredient functionality and its role towards one’s health.
Throughout this course, I will have the opportunity to take part in an internship in order to apply my knowledge and sharpen my skills. I am therefore currently planning on my next move. I aspire to become a researcher in the field of gut bacteria and its effect on human health.
Attending Abertay University has been crucial for the significant professional and personal development I have had since 2015. Every lecturer has always been highly inspirational. I thank them for the great opportunities the department offers to its students.
Eva is co-founder of The Chemist Cat, an Instagram blog that answers food chemistry questions. Find out more about it here: @TheChemistCatBlog