Dr. Laura E. Martinez is a first-generation college student and is trained as a biomedical scientist. She received her Ph.D. in Pathobiology in 2016 from the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, WA. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where she studies immunology and AIDS-related non-Hodgkin lymphoma. As a doctoral student, Laura served as a graduate student board member of the UW Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP), and co-chaired the UW School of Public Health Diversity Committee. Laura is a member of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and mentors underrepresented minority students in STEM. She has also collaborated with Dr. David E. Hayes-Bautista, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture (CESLAC) at UCLA, and Sonja Diaz, Founding Executive Director of the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, on addressing California’s Latino Physician Shortage and investigating the impact of COVID-19 in vulnerable communities in Los Angeles and New York City.