Lara completed her undergraduate education in Environment with a focus on the Ecological Determinants of Health at McGill University in Montreal. During this time, she spent six months working on a research project in the Peruvian Amazon investigating the social and health effects of a highway construction on communities in the region. When she returned to her studies, she became involved in other research projects, including a study investigating environmental injustices related to incinerator emissions in France through an internship at the University’s Institute for Health and Social Policy. After her undergraduate degree, she spent some time in El Salvador working on health and environmental justice promotion projects. She then worked for a year as a consultant at the World Health Organization, where she was part of the Epidemic Clinical Management team in the Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases Department. As a current doctoral student in the Global Health track of the UCSD-SDSU Joint-Doctoral Program in Public Health, Lara is working on the climate-health interface, such as studying the epidemiological impacts of heat waves and air pollution in California and globally. She is particularly interested in considering the role of seasonality and infectious disease outbreaks on the effect of environmental exposures on human health in the context of a changing climate.