Georgia State University School of Public Health PhD candidate Mr. Krishna Kota has returned from India after completing a 1-year research project as part of a global health research fellowship funded by Fogarty International Center, a division of the National Institute of Health (NIH).
Mr. Kota, from Hyderabad, India, began his college career at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University where he received his Bachelor’s of Technology degree in biotechnology. He came to the United States to attend Georgetown University where he received his master’s degree in biotechnology. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Health at Georgia State.
Originally pursuing degrees and career in biotechnology, Mr. Kota discovered that he was more passionate about public health while he was working in the Epidemiological Genetics Lab at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. The desire to really make a difference in the lives of others fueled his decision to make a career switch.
“When you work in a lab, there’s this feeling that maybe in 10 to 15 years your research may be applied and translated; however, with public health, the application or translation of your research into the real-world is more evident,” Mr. Kota said. “You’re really working with people that you want to make a difference or change for and that really inspired me.”
After deciding to make the career switch, Mr. Kota began to search for public health doctorate programs, but most programs required a previous master’s degree in public health. Since he came from a biotechnology background, neither of his degrees were in public health. Georgia State, however, offered a solution.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 23