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Fiona Carter-Tod

Class of 2021-2022

About Fiona

Fiona Carter-Tod is pursuing a career in applied immunological public health research centered around social justice and the elimination of health disparities affecting disproportionately vulnerable and underserved groups. She graduated from the University of Richmond in 2021 with a degree in Biology and Leadership Studies. At UR, her primary research project aimed to investigate ways to mitigate the detrimental health impact of chronic smoke exposure in vulnerable communities that rely on the burning of biomass for light, heat, and cooking. Outside of the lab, she studies leadership, ethics, justice, and philosophy. During her Luce year, Fiona had the opportunity to work with public health research as it pertains to poverty and development at the Centre for Poverty Analysis as one of the first Luce Scholars in Sri Lanka. Fiona will begin a dual degree program at Northwestern University in the Fall of 2023 and pursue a Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbial Science and a Master of Public Health concurrently. Beyond academics, Fiona enjoys painting/sketching, hiking, writing poetry, and cooking.

Field Notes The Value of Feeling Ordinary

By Fiona Carter-Tod

At the end of the hike, the viridescent landscape gave way to a thin dirt road bathed in dust and the warm afternoon sun. As I walked along it, I passed our minibus precariously parked with two wheels wilting the grass on the road’s edge. Motorbikes passed as if it wasn’t even there. I washed my hands at an outdoor si...

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