Graduate profile

Bob Stewart Name: Bob Stewart

Degree: Bachelor of Science Honours (Human Nutrition), Doctor of Philosophy (Human Nutrition)

Take your studies seriously, make the most of any opportunity that comes your way and get on with your lecturers. That’s Bob Stewart’s advice for succeeding at university.

Bob came from a non-science background but found himself loving physiology, nutrition and biochemistry when he began studying at Massey. He studied a Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Nutrition and as part of the degree took a course in physiology, which he really enjoyed. With a keen new interest in physiology he went on to complete his honours degree and a PhD in Nutritional Physiology with a Massey University Doctoral Scholarship.

Bob says his study was challenging but rewarding, with the help of great supervisors and a very supportive environment

“The programme is well set up, especially with the teaching experience gained during postgraduate studies. This was very valuable. The best part about studying at the Massey Manawatū campus was the great lecturing team and Palmerston North was a cheap place to live.”

As the name might suggest, Bob’s work with the College of Health involves nutrition and physiology research, though he does some teaching and lab demonstration.

“My focus is on iron absorption and using a digestion simulator to investigate how nutrients are transported within the intestine.”

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