Joshua Ackerman is from New Rochelle, NY and double majoring in Biology and Latin American Studies. Through his global health research, Josh aims to develop and deliver low-cost, efficient biomedical advances to underserved and impoverished individuals in Latin America. He currently works with the Ko Laboratory at the Yale School of Public Health to study one of the most common infectious bacteria known as Leptospira, the causative agent of leptospirosis. Over the past three years, Josh has conducted international research projects about urban health inequity in Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Brazil. Beyond his interest in global health, Josh works as a Freshman Counselor in Berkeley College, serves as a representative on the Yale College Council, and teaches health education to New Haven middle school students through Community Health Educators. He also works with The Future Project to chart a new course for students with special needs in New Haven.