Sophie Licostie (BF’23.5) is a Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology major. Having been adopted by two mothers, she grew up with a found family of the LGBTQ+ population that lived through the 1980s US HIV/AIDS epidemic. As a result, she was first introduced to health as a social issue, rather than strictly medical. Her interest in HIV/AIDS has expanded to include infectious disease in general, particularly emerging infectious diseases, and the societal context that propagates and enables them. She hopes to work in policymaking on issues of equity and access related to infectious disease within vulnerable populations, as well as bioethical challenges in global health. Last semester, she worked on a pathogen risk assessment project as a research assistant, and at Yale, she is involved with Community Health Educators, MedSci, and Asian American Health Advocates.