Diane Koopmann

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Diane Koopmann

Diane Koopmann

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Nutrition with an option in Nutrition and Health Sciences
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Why did you choose the COH at OSU to pursue your studies?

I chose OSU because I felt a strong sense of belonging when I visited the campus as a high school senior. My interest in studying applied science and human health drove me to pursue a degree in the COH. Aspects of the college that I particularly appreciate are how the college provides a smaller academic community within a large state school, its various research opportunities, and support for students aspiring to work in health care.

What sparked your interest in health?

I've had an interest in working in the medical field since I was a child because I come from a family of devoted health care professionals who've inspired and influenced me throughout my entire life. The COVID-19 pandemic further sparked my interest in health, and volunteering at one of Portland's mass vaccination sites solidified my interest in dedicating my career to supporting the health of my community.

Why are you interested in research?

Throughout my freshman year at OSU, I enjoyed taking my science classes (definitely more than I thought I would) and found their lab components very interesting. This active interest followed me throughout my sophomore year and motivated me to participate in URSA Engage. Performing new experiments, learning how to follow the scientific method, and gaining wet lab skills have been nothing but rewarding and intriguing experiences.

What research will you be working on and with whom?

I am working in Dr. David Dallas' lab under the mentorship of Dr. Ningjian Liang and Suwimon Sutantawong. I am researching the extent to which bioactive milk proteins and peptides survive throughout the human digestive system.

What are your future career and/or academic plans?

My future academic plans are to apply to graduate school, where I plan on continuing to research and learn about human health. I'd love to stay on the West Coast working with underserved and vulnerable populations.


The Healthy Discoveries undergraduate research program is made possible with the generous support of the Patricia Valian Reser Fund for Experiential Learning.