As a speech-language pathologist in the Frontotemporal Disorders Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, I work with patients diagnosed with neurodegenerative conditions. My research emphasis is on frontotemporal lobar degeneration and its subtypes, particularly primary progressive aphasia (PPA), which are fast progressing, often misdiagnosed, and have no effective treatment. Being a clinician-researcher has uniquely positioned me to examine questions that are meaningful and translatable to a clinical context. Currently, I am undertaking a project that examines brain-behavior relationships of semantic memory in PPA. At Cambridge’s MRC CBU, my PhD will focus on further investigating the semantic representation versus control deficits in PPA to better understand the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying semantic cognition, with the ultimate goal of informing approaches to characterization and intervention in the clinical setting and providing further experimental validation of computational models of controlled semantic cognition. It is truly an honor to be part of the Gates Cambridge community, and I look forward to collaborating with fellow Gates scholars who have a shared goal - a commitment to improving the lives of others!