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‘Drumstick’ dreams bring US student to Ahmedabad

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 - 2:43pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: dna

American scholar moves to city to take up research on Moringa Oleifera, commonly known as drumstick to study the effects of the vegetable on human immune system.

While it’s not uncommon for students from the state to go to the US for higher education and even research, an American Fulbright scholar taking up research in a city college is definitely something to crow about.

Cameron Kruse, 22, a student of biology from Pepperdine University in the US, chose to come to Ahmedabad to undertake research on Moringa Oleifera, commonly known as drumstick. Kruse will study the effects of the vegetable on human immune system, specifically on HIV treatment, during his research at LM College of Pharmacy. 

Kruse, who says he picked LM College after extensive online research, claims he was impressed with the college’s work on the subject. Once he had decided on the college, he verified its credibility, laboratory facility and other aspects before taking a final call. Incidentally, Kruse is the first foreign student at the college ever since its inception in 1947. Kruse was fortunate as he bagged the prestigious Fulbright scholarship to pursue his research dreams.

Kruse told DNA he landed in the college in August and has started his research work under college principal, Dr Anita Mehta. Kruse aims to study Moringa Oleifera with the hope of discovering a sustainable option for those living with HIV in underdeveloped regions. “I read the thesis guided by Dr Anita Mehta on diabetes and Moringa Oleifera. Also, all online search showed LM College has done major research in the area I wanted to undertake my study,” he said, adding he is impressed with the research on different plants at the college.

Kruse will be in Ahmedabad for nine months.

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