Jordan Cates is a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina. Ms. Cates received her BS with Distinction from University of Richmond with a major in Mathematics and minor in Biology. During her undergraduate education, she studied abroad in Delhi, India through the School of International Training’s Health and Human Right’s Program. This experience spurred her interest in global public health with a focus in infectious diseases. She received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina in 2014, working on research surrounding maternal health and adverse pregnancy complications among HIV-infected women involved in the Women’s Interagency HIV Study, a multi-site U.S. cohort. Since beginning her doctoral work in the Department of Epidemiology, she has continued working in the intersection between reproductive health and infectious diseases, studying malaria infection during pregnancy under the guidance of Dr. Stephen Meshnick. She also works on the application of innovative statistical methods to translate epidemiologic research into interventional estimates useful for policy implementation under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Westreich.