Dr. Downs received her M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College and her PhD in Parasitology from Leiden University (the Netherlands). She completed her Internal Medicine residency training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, followed by her Infectious Diseases fellowship at Weill-Cornell. Her research focuses on the relationship between urogenital schistosomiasis, mucosal immunity, and HIV susceptibility in girls and women, and on improving adolescent girls’ access to health care in rural Tanzania. She also conducts implementation science research to improve uptake of healthy behavior in Tanzania. Her research in Tanzania has been recognized by an award of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (2009), the Weill Cornell Department of Medicine Outstanding Junior Faculty Investigator Award (2011), a Bill and Melinda Gates Grand Challenges Explorations research grant (2014), an NIH K23 Award (2014), a Spirit of Medicine Award from the American Medical Association (2016), a Gilead Sciences Research Scholars in HIV Award (2017), a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award (2017), and an American Society for Clinical Investigation Young Physician-Scientist Award (2017).