I grew up in Orange County, California, where I also completed my undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine with degrees in Human Biology and Anthropology with a minor in the History and Philosophy of Science. Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to conduct research in neuroscience, philosophy, and public health. Through my interdisciplinary education, research, and work with local nonprofits in Southern California, I became familiar with the intricate interplay between human health and social structures. I learned how political disenfranchisement parallels the inability to access healthcare, and how oftentimes, our postal codes exert more influence over our health outcomes than our genetic codes. During my time as an MPhil student in Health, Medicine, and Society, I will research how medical uncertainty—especially in the case of chronic illnesses such as cancer—complicates the achievement of health equity and how decision-making changes when we reach the scientific limits of medicine. I am humbled to be a part of this community, and as an aspiring physician-anthropologist, I will use my experience as a Gates-Cambridge scholar to work to make healthcare accessible to all.
University of California Irvine Human Biology; Anthropology 2021