I grew up in suburban New Jersey as the son of two immigrants from southern India. My father is from a small village called Pedapulivarru, which inspires my passion for health equity in low-resource settings. Growing up, I devoted much of my time to community service. My experience volunteering at a free medical clinic in New Jersey showed me that the same health disparities in my father’s village exist around me in New Jersey. As an undergraduate student at Harvard University, I study Biology and Statistics in order to refine my lens on pressing public health challenges. Through global health coursework, I’ve become very passionate about maternal and child health. As a result, I spent time in Tanzania investigating contributors to delayed vaccination. I lead Harvard’s Partners in Health Engage chapter, which meets with legislators and fundraises to advocate for lifesaving global health programs. Striving to address maternal and child health disparities at home in the U.S. as well, I served as a leader of the National Youth Council of the March of Dimes, a U.S.-based non-profit focused on preventing preterm birth. At Cambridge, I will study the MPhil in Public Health and continue to focus on improving public health programs for vulnerable mothers and children. I’m excited to join the diverse, inspiring and passionate Gates Cambridge community.