NutraWomen Wednesday: Sonja Nodland, PhD, Principal Scientist at Kerry Health

By Danielle Masterson contact

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: nutrawomen wednesday, Kerry

Sonja Nodland, PhD, fought and won a battle with childhood cancer and now that fight continues—in the lab.

“Right now the cure rates for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which is what I had, I believe are upwards of 90%. Right about the time I was treated, the rate of cure had skyrocketed from 30% 15 years earlier to around 75%. So my parents had a lot of reason to hope, but it was still a very scary time for them,”​ said Nodland, the principal Scientist at Kerry Health. 

While Nodland’s focus on cancer and the immune system are likely a direct result of her experience, she said she probably would have pursued science regardless.

“I have a teacher and a biologist parents. So it was part of my upbringing too,”​ said Nodland.

“When I started in research, I think it was a little bit like the big curve in kids getting cured with cancer. The curve was on the upswing as far as women being in STEM. During the time that I did my graduate work, the percentage of PhDs awarded to men versus women equalized and now, in the biological sciences, it's 50/50 if not 60% women.”

Nodland and her husband, also a scientist, have two young daughters. She said while they do encourage STEM, they try to make teachable moments fun.

“They asked me about DNA and then we go extract some from a banana in the kitchen,”​ laughed Nodland.

Related topics: Research, People, Immune support

Related news

Show more

Related products

show more

BSCU1, a probiotic that may support immunity

BSCU1, a probiotic that may support immunity

Gnosis by Lesaffre USA | 23-Sep-2021 | Technical / White Paper

LifeinU™ BSCU1 is a unique and patented probiotic strain of Bacillus subtilis with an extreme stability offered by Gnosis by Lesaffre. This specific probiotic...

Whole-Body Solutions, Backed by Science

Whole-Body Solutions, Backed by Science

Kemin Human Nutrition and Health | 14-Sep-2021 | Technical / White Paper

Kemin Human Nutrition and Health develops products and services with its mission top of mind: healthy people, planet, and business. We strive to sustainably...

COGNIGRAPE™ GRAPE EXTRACT FOR COGNITIVE HEALTH

COGNIGRAPE™ GRAPE EXTRACT FOR COGNITIVE HEALTH

BIONAP Srl | 02-Sep-2021 | Product Brochure

COGNIGRAPE™ is a standardized solid extract obtained from a Sicilian grape variety. Thanks to the high content of ANTHOCYANINS and PROANTHOCYANIDINS, COGNIGRAPE™...

Related suppliers

Follow us

Products

View more

Webinars