Dilara Kiran is a third year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine candidate at Colorado State University (CSU). She recently completed a Master of Science in Microbiology at CSU in summer 2020, studying how infection with the bacteria that causes tuberculosis alters immune cell metabolism. She currently serves as the Chair of the National Science Policy Network (NSPN) Graduate Education Committee and co-chairs the NSPN Election Initiative Wikipedia Track. She sits on the Board of Directors of Future of Research, a non-profit aimed at empowering and engaging early-career researchers and is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Science Policy & Governance. Additionally, Dilara is Secretary of CSU Science in Action, a graduate student science policy and science communication group. She was previously invited by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) to speak on a panel about the role of microbiologists in public policy at the 2019 ASM Microbe meeting and was sponsored by ASM to attend the 2019 AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science & Engineering Workshop. In September 2018, she served as a Government Relations Division Extern with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in Washington D.C and attended an AVMA organized Legislative Fly-In in D.C. in 2017. Dilara ultimately aspires to use her knowledge of both clinical veterinary practice and research to contribute to evidence-based science policy and impact global public health.