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Senior thesis: Khan Investigates Measles in Her Native Pakistan

May 7th, 2018


When the Khan family left Pakistan with their three young children, they never imagined that their then-3-year-old daughter would return as a student at Princeton University, let alone that she would be tackling a problem that has frustrated global health researchers.

“Pakistan was one of the last few countries where smallpox existed — and now one of the last three where polio exists,” said Rabia Khan, who will graduate in June with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology (EEB) and a certificate in global health and health policy.

Khan researched polio her junior year and wrote her spring junior paper about how successes in smallpox eradication can inform polio and measles elimination. “I have a personal connection to the topic,” she explained. “When my aunt was a child, there was a lack of knowledge of and access to vaccinations. She got polio, and because of that, she’s now paralyzed from the waist down. Knowing that vaccination would have prevented this from happening has influenced why I care so deeply about this topic.”

Click here to read more about Khan's research.

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