Samantha LeDuc is a first-year PhD student in Epidemiology at the University of Washington. Sam holds an MPH in Epidemiology with a focus in Maternal and Child Health and a B.S. in Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Washington. Sam worked in microbiology at UWMC before moving to DC. Once there, she briefly worked in consulting, before landing at the National Institutes of Health where she focused on analysis and reporting of the NIH’s reproductive health, women’s health, and pediatric portfolios. Most recently, Sam worked as a Summer Associate at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where she focused on identifying best practices in delivering routine immunization services to subnational areas at high risk of polio. Sam’s primary research interests lie in reproductive health, genetic determinants of health, vaccine safety and delivery, and sexually transmitted infections.