February 23, 2021
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I know people in this field often say that they wanted to work in infectious diseases ever since they were an embryo or a small child. But that was really the case with me.
I remember I was 6 years old, growing up in the Caribbean in a rural area, running around the beach and then being anxious because I was worried that I would get hookworm. That was how my mind worked in those days, not that I was terribly anxious. However, at some point, I weighed the pros and cons of wearing flip flops or not and decided not to wear flip flops because of the risk of parasitic infection. Nevertheless, I grew up in the Caribbean, so infectious disease was all around me. It wasn’t as much the pathogens themselves, which were fascinating even to a relatively uneducated young kid; it’s really the systems that made it extremely challenging for my neighbors, my friends and my family to get the care that they wanted…