Yassaman Vafai is a fourth-year Maternal and Child Health doctoral student from Tucson, Arizona. She earned a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona and an M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University. She has recently worked at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a summer intern; as an independent project consultant at Boston Medical Center; and as a graduate research assistant at Boston University School of Public Health. Her current research interests include the mental and biological development of adolescents; and global health, specifically infectious disease and nutrition. In her free time, Yassaman enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and reading poetry.