Yazum Bhutia, MSc

Fogarty Predoctoral Fellow

Master of Science, Medical Biochemistry, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Sikkim Manipal University, India

Hometown: Gangtok, Sikkim, India
Research Interests: Substance abuse, in particular alcohol use and abuse, to understand and explore the various aspects of alcohol use (patterns of drinking) and its related factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, social environment, accessibility, exposure, behaviors, and genetics.
Long-term career goals: My long term goal is to carry out health research effectively and efficiently. Epidemiological training at UF is a huge step up. I also require expertise in many other areas and I look forward to opportunities in future that would help me progress towards my career goals.
What philosophy guides your education? “You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.” – Conrad Hall
What do you see as the most pressing public health problems facing the world today? The most pressing public health problems facing the world today is poverty related health issues. Lack of education, lack of awareness, and ignorance regarding individual and public health problems only adds up to make their living more sadder.