I grew up in Houston, Texas near the Texas Medical Center, and early shadowing experiences inspired me to consider a career in medicine. As an undergraduate at Harvard I pursued my interests in service work and chemistry research. I volunteered with Harvard Undergrads Raising Autism Awareness and began collaborations with Sesame Street, the Boston Red Sox, and the Museum of Fine Arts. In the Nocera Group, an inorganic chemistry laboratory at Harvard, I first worked on quantum spin liquids and later on catalysis. As I developed a love for transition metals, I learned that they play an outsized role in topics ranging from oxygen transport to signaling in the brain. At Cambridge I look forward to studying iron distribution in biological solar cells, which use photosynthetic bacteria to generate electricity from solar energy. This research builds on my previous experience in inorganic chemistry while preparing me for future work with in vivo and human systems. Following a MPhil at Cambridge, I plan to pursue an MD-PhD degree and use inorganic chemistry to address unsolved problems in medicine, including neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. I feel enormously grateful to join the Gates-Cambridge community and learn from other students whose research questions are inspired by the needs of those around them.