Latha is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale University in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). She is passionate about international forest policy & governance, food security, public health, gender, the linkages between these in the midst of global environmental change, and their effects on those living in poverty. Prior to her time at F&ES, she was in a combined degree program pursuing an MD in clinical medicine and a PhD in Systems Neuroscience. During her research, Latha sought to better understand how human brains integrate information from a variety of senses – for example, what we see and what we hear – and how that ultimately affects how we process sounds, as well as how this process differs in individuals who are deaf. She also has extensive clinical training and clinic management experience at both a municipal hospital in NYC and at a free weekend community health clinic for the uninsured in the South Bronx. Prior to making the transition to the environmental field, Latha completed a Community Organizing Fellowship with Physicians for a National Health Program focusing on strategies to engage medical students and residents to advocate for universal healthcare in the US. Currently, Latha serves as the UN Youth Representative at Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), sits on the Junior Board of EcoHealth Alliance (EHA), and is completing a certificate in Urban Agriculture at Just Food NYC. At Yale, Latha leads both the International Development & Environment and Environmental & Social Entrepreneurship student interest groups, edits for the Yale Journal of International Affairs, and is an elected representative on the Student Affairs Committee. She holds an MSc in Neuroscience and Clinical Investigation from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a BS in Cellular Biology from the University of Georgia.