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National Scholarships and Fellowships

Gabriel Chait, San Diego State University Fulbright Scholar (2009-2010)


Gabriel Chait started his undergraduate research training at SDSU in September of 2008. As a NIH MHIRT and NIH IMSD fellow, he conducted interdisciplinary research analyzing the medicinal plant traditions of Peru and focused on the separation and characterization of compounds from known medicinal plants. His research with Peruvian colleagues, helped advance a large-scale effort to characterize Peru’s vast medicinal plant knowledge through ethnographic studies as well as biological assays. The study served as a baseline of data on over 400 Peruvian medicinal plants and their preparations in order to demonstrate the importance of this knowledge that is in danger of being lost. Gabriel continued his Ethno botanical Research Profile as a Fulbright scholar finding, planting, and conserving endangered species of traditionally used medicinal plants in the northern Andes. He is currently a master’s student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies studying Environmental Management, Natural Resources and Conservation.


The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.