Ramya Kumar is a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. She is a Boston University Dr Martin Luther King Jr Scholar, and earned her MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health. Ramya joins the START team after living and working in Sub-Saharan Africa for 6 years. She has experience in both field epidemiology, and epidemiologic research. Together with the Zambian Ministry of Health and US CDC, she has established the Zambia Field Epidemiology Training Program, and responded to several infectious disease outbreaks. Ramya has also worked on several tuberculosis (TB) and HIV research projects including a multi-national HIV prevention trial with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, operational research on TB service delivery with the USAID-funded Eradicate TB Project, and a national TB drug resistance survey. Her research interests include infectious disease, behavioral epidemiology, socio-economic/ethnic health disparities, and the political determinants of health.