Lasata Shrestha is an incoming MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. She graduated magna cum laude from Troy University with a BS in Biological sciences in 2019. Before joining START, she worked as a research scientist at the University of Washington Virology Laboratory investigating the genetic epidemiology and immunology of SARS-CoV-2 and other infectious diseases. She also collaborated with the Kenya Research and Training Center to investigate the impact of herpes virus infection in HIV-infected Kenyan infants. Her research interests include infectious disease epidemiology, maternal and child health, molecular immunology, and community-based surveillance.