Soon after immigrating to the U.S., I began my college career and graduated from the University of South Florida in 2018. At USF, I became interested in cancer epidemiology, prevention, and cancer health disparities. As an AMGEN Scholar at the NIH/National Cancer Institute, I further developed my skills in epidemiology by using data from population-based cohort studies to study upper gastrointestinal cancers. Since graduating, I have continued my work in cancer epidemiology at Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute where I study melanoma and its related risk factors among melanoma-prone families. At the University of Cambridge and MRC–Cancer Unit, I will investigate the role of pre-cursor lesions in the development of esophageal adenocarcinoma. The ultimate goal of my research is to contribute to the prevention, early detection, and improved outcomes of esophageal cancer among high-risk populations. Through various research, practice, and community service experiences, I have become involved in translational epidemiology for public health and policy development. Mentoring and guidance have played an important role in my career and I seek to support students from underrepresented backgrounds in the sciences. As a PhD student, I aim to advance our knowledge of esophageal cancer, translate epidemiological findings to clinical practice, and help the next generation of scientists get ahead.