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2021 Fellow

Fatima Hussain

PhD Institution
MIT

Fatima’s PhD research focused on understanding the genetic dynamics involved in how viruses drive bacterial evolution in the wild. From environmental microbiology, she aims to pivot into human immunology to study the community of microbes in the vagina. The nature of this community can significantly impact a woman’s susceptibility to acquiring HIV, preterm birth, and bacterial vaginosis. Fatima plans to use insights from her research to design synthetic communities and test them in the lab for their potential to improve women’s health outcomes.