Koshonna Brown is a doctoral student in Microbiology-Immunology. Her research investigates the role of viral proteins in mediating herpes virus fusion and entry. When Koshonna is not busy in the lab, she is actively involved in encouraging students of color to pursue science education as a mentor with Northwestern University’s Science Club. This collaboration between the McCormick Boys & Girls Club allows Chicago Public School students the opportunity to design and conduct science experiments outside of the classroom. In addition, she is an avid community health advocate and currently volunteers with a coalition on the south side of Chicago to raise Human papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV vaccination awareness among adolescents and parents.