Ramya Kumar is a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. She earned her MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health, where she was a Boston University Dr Martin Luther King Jr Scholar. Ramya joined the START team after living and working in Zambia for 6 years. She has experience in both field epidemiology, and epidemiologic research. She worked at the Zambia Field Epidemiology Training Program, a collaboration of the Zambian Ministry of Health and US CDC. She has also worked on 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.