Growing up between Japan and the United States, I have sought to better understand how culture influences our beliefs and behaviors from a young age. Thus, as an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, I decided to study anthropology. During the course of my studies, I became increasingly interested in how sociocultural and political economic environments impact human health. Through subsequent coursework and research in biology, I have become fascinated by the intricacy of gene-environment interactions, particularly given recent advancements in epigenetic research. By studying for a MPhil in Applied Biological Anthropology at Cambridge, I seek to formally integrate my interests in biology and anthropology to explain human variations in disease susceptibility. My ultimate goal is to help eliminate disproportionate disease and mortality burdens in historically disenfranchised communities by characterizing the biological impact of chronic trauma caused by experiences of institutional oppression. I am incredibly thankful to the Gates Cambridge Trust for providing me the opportunity to join a community of scholars from around the world who are passionate about becoming leaders in a diverse range of subjects. I hope that together, we can maximize our collective impact on the world.
Washington University in St. Louis