My name is Misti Persaud ’20. I was born and raised in Long Island, Bahamas. I received my bachelor’s in Biochemistry with a minor in Biology. I currently work at Georgetown University as a Research Assistant conducting NGS based typing for the HLA gene. One of the biggest reasons that I decided to study in the EMAP program was the ability to take classes and work full time. EMAP also allows for furthering my understanding of instrumental and analytical chemistry. Overall the program includes a little bit of everything for everyone, including policy surrounding science. In today’s world it is essential to know how to communicate scientific findings to ensure that there is a policy that will protect human and environmental health.