Michael Pitino 

“I’m Mike and I am thrilled to serve as this year’s NSGSA co-President along with Katie Pullella. I’m very much looking forward to being involved with the NSGSA this year with my primary goal of creating a strong sense of community among all DNS graduate students. As co-President of the NSGSA, I will work to ensure all graduate students remain well-connected to each other and have access to the appropriate resources and support throughout the year!

A bit about myself. I’m entering my fourth year of my PhD, co-supervised by Dr Deborah O’Connor and Dr. Sharon Unger. My research interests lie primarily in neonatal nutrition, breastfeeding and human milk banking. Specifically, my doctoral work aims to investigate a novel, non-thermal pasteurization technology to preserve important nutrients and bioactive components in human donor milk. Outside of the lab, I enjoy spending time exploring the city, staying active, hiking outdoors and cooking/baking recipes from different world cuisines!

Hope to get to know everyone at our virtual and hybrid events this year! A very special welcome to all our new students!