Indu Upadhyaya is a PhD student in the Department of Animal Science who is investigating the mechanisms through which Salmonella reaches the egg yolks. After spending time as a practicing veterinarian in India, she is now at UConn, focusing on poultry microbiology and safety research. Here’s what she said in an interview.
Where did you study as an undergrad? What was your major?
I studied at RIVER (Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Veterinary Education and Research), which is a veterinary school affiliated with Pondicherry University in India. After I obtained my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from RIVER, I pursued a Masters in Veterinary Biochemistry from the same institution.
Why did you decide to go to grad school?
After finishing my DVM program, I worked for eight months or so as a practicing veterinarian in India. Apart from providing veterinary services and counseling to pet owners and farmers, I volunteered in large animal and poultry vaccination campaigns. They were a great way to interact with farmers and understand the various challenges and problems they encounter. In addition, during my internship in college, I worked at various large- and small-scale chicken farms, which is when I started studying chickens. As my interest in chicken health and food safety grew, I gravitated towards pursuing my PhD in food microbiology and safety. (more…)