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Undergraduate Researcher

Nilufar Kayhani is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Public Health. Nilufar is the daughter of Afghan refugees. Growing up, she witnessed how difficult accessing healthcare is for immigrant communities. As a result, she was inspired to the field of public health to better learn how to support marginalized communities. Nilufar is the founder of Afghan Clinic — a qualitative research study and health education initiative by and for Afghans. Additionally, Nilufar has co-founded a research project on the effect of COVID-19 on first-generation, low-income students at UC Berkeley. This past year, Nilufar also worked at the Gladstone Institutes learning lab skills and researching congenital heart disease. In the future, she hopes to continue doing research and advocating for health equity. Outside of school, Nilufar loves cooking, photography, and is recently learning pottery. 

At BIMI, Nilufar is curating a photo exhibit about the Afghan diaspora. She will be conducting archival research and documenting cultural events and rituals significant to the Afghan community. Through this project, she hopes to honor the community that raised her and celebrate the beauty of the Afghan culture. 

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