Mercedes Becerra is a Professor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is a graduate of Harvard College (AB, history) and earned an ScD in epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the treatment of TB and the TB burden in patient households. Dr. Becerra is the principal investigator of a large ongoing study of the epidemiology of DR TB in Peru, supported by grants from NIAID. She is also the recipient of a Charles H. Hood Foundation Child Health Research Award and a career development award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Dr. Becerra serves as a senior TB specialist with Partners In Health, an international nonprofit organization that provides direct health care services and advocates on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. She is co-founder of the Sentinel Project on Pediatric Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, a global coalition of researchers, caregivers, and advocates seeking to end child deaths from this curable and preventable disease.