Tamar Roomian

Impact Story: Tamar Roomian

Hometown/Recent location: Washington D.C. area

Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia

Degree: B.S. Biology

Interest/ Hobbies: Dancing, yoga, running, cooking

Previous Work Experience / Internships:

  • Scientific Program Analyst at the National Human Genome Research Institute
  • National Institutes of Health (contractor through Kelly Services)

Current Program: Nutritional Epidemiology

1. Why did you choose to attend the Friedman School?

I chose to attend the Friedman School for several reasons.  First, the Friedman School is unique because it offers a multidisciplinary approach to nutritional epidemiology, integrating biochemistry, human anatomy, and policy concurrently with the epidemiology curriculum.  Second, the Friedman School has its own research facility (Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging) which offers a wide variety of nutrition research opportunities.  Third, the Friedman School and the Tufts Public Health and Professional Degree Program offer a dual MS/MPH degree program which offers a broader public health perspective coupled with a specialization in nutritional epidemiology.  Lastly, after visiting the Friedman School campus, I loved the Boston area and was excited to make Boston my new home.

2. What are you most looking forward to during your time at the Friedman School and/or what have some of your favorite experiences been at the Friedman School?

I am most excited about learning method designs and data analysis, which will be crucial in conducting my own nutrition research.  As a favorite experience, I love being around classmates and faculty that are just as passionate and excited about nutrition science as I am.

3. What are your career aspirations and how do you think your Friedman School education will help you achieve these goals?

The Friedman School will provide me with a foundation to conduct nutritional research as well as enhance my critical thinking skills to evaluate research and clinical literature. I aspire to pursue a doctoral-level degree in epidemiology, specifically the epigenetic effects of diet and exercise and how the change in gene expression affects susceptibility to chronic disease, such as obesity.    However, as a first year Master’s student, I realize that my interests will likely develop and change over time.

4. How has financial aid impacted your Friedman School experience and/or what would you like to say to thank our donors for their generosity?

I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the donors, as the financial aid by the Friedman School has significantly reduced my financial burden to further my education and therefore advance my career.