As a sophomore studying Biology, with a double minor in Global Health and Sociology, I recognize how much of health is defined by our environments. I came to Duke knowing I wanted to be involved in a research project that connected my passions for language and culture, scientific research, community involvement, and global health. In the Global Health FOCUS program my freshman year, I was made aware of how much inequality and health problems can be influenced by research and involvement. In my year and a half working on an independent study project in a Duke Medicine hematology lab under Dr. Rahima Zennadi, I’ve developed an even greater interest in the problem-solving aspect of research and discovery.
I want to be a part of contributing a significant body of research that can have a direct, tangible, and large-scale impact on the health of populations internationally. This project will elicit that positive impact.