Nava Gharaei is a PhD student in the Molecules, Cells and Organisms program at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She is also the co-chair of Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (HGWiSE) and at large representative for international students at Graduate Student Council. Nava grew up in a small city in Iran with a passion for science. In high school she was chosen as the only female member of the national chemistry Olympiad team and received gold medal in the International Olympiads. She went to receive a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Molecular Biotechnology from the University of Tehran and later an A.M. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard University. Knowing the importance of motivation, empowerment and good education in the life of individuals, as well as societies, she has always worked hard to empower people around her and make good education accessible to everyone. Therefore, she has been actively involved in various teaching and outreach programs, including directing the mentoring program of Health Professions Recruitment & Exposure Program (HPREP) at Harvard Medical School which aims to recruit students from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds into science and medicine. Nava’s efforts and passion for teaching has been recognized by multiple “Distinction in Teaching” awards from Harvard University.