I am fascinated by the interconnectedness of humans, pathogens, animals, and our shared environments, especially how we perturb the balance between them to drive or inhibit disease. For my undergraduate thesis in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, I modeled the links between long-term climate variation, human behavior, and cholera in Bangladesh. After graduation I traveled to India on a Fulbright Research Grant to study antibiotic-resistant infections, a public health threat emerging primarily due to human policies and behaviors. For my PhD with the Disease Dynamics Unit at Cambridge, I will study the ways that urbanization and other forms of anthropogenic change affect the population dynamics of fruit bats and thereby drive spillover of bat-borne viruses (including Nipah and Hendra viruses, Ebola and Marburg viruses, and rabies). In doing so, I hope to help understand—and potentially mitigate—risk of these lethal zoonoses before they reach human populations. Global health research is most effective when it is interdisciplinary, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to study with and learn from scholars of such diverse backgrounds.