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Sahar El Aidy, young researcher at the University of Groningen

When Sahar El Aidy landed a job as associate scientist at Nestle, she quickly realized she was needed back in science. She discovered there was a gap between basic and applied research in the food industry, and made it her mission to shorten the lines. Now, she’s made TopDutch her home, in order to bridge the gap between fundamental science and the public and policy makers.

Sahar El Aidy (© photo: Elmer Spaargaren)

Making food medicine

Sahar El Aidy is one of the new members of the Young Academy Groningen (YAG). She hopes to be an example for students from minority cultures, wants to bridge the gap between fundamental and applied research, and will put gut bacteria on the map. As she researches the influence gut bacteria as a way of preventing disease, poor mood and behavior, she argues that we should be making food our medicine. The University of Groningen interviewed her to learn about what she’s up to, not just in important research, but also in public outreach.

The Young Academy Groningen is an independent club for the University of Groningen’s most talented, enthusiastic and ambitious young researchers. Members are from all fields and disciplines who have a passion for science and scholarship.