Latifah Maasarani is a first-year PhD student in the BIOS lab. She graduated with honors from CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics, at the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Photonic Science and Engineering. As an undergraduate student, Latifah participated in two NSF REU programs as well as conducted research while at CREOL on developing a nanofabrication method for producing nanoaperture optical traps for single protein biophysics applications. In the BIOS lab, Latifah’s research will focus on quantitative phase imaging technologies. Latifah is an advocate for optics and photonics. She is active, at Duke and nationally, in outreach, scientific policy, and equity, diversity, & inclusion initiatives. Latifah was a recipient of the 2019 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship.