Yuan Zhao is a doctoral student at NYU School of Global Public Health. She is interested in using advanced statistical methods and machine learning to understand how social determinants are causing health disparities, especially in the domains of infectious disease transmission and health utilization. Originally from China, she holds a BS in biology from Peking University, and two master degrees of epidemiology and biostatistics. Her previous research mainly focused on causal inference using targeted maximum likelihood estimation (TMLE) framework and machine learning to predict hospital admission. She loves New York City very much and hopes to learn spatial analysis and apply knowledge she learned previously at Marron Institute to help build healthier and fairer cities.