Yiyun Zhou, a first-generation Chinese immigrant who proudly calls Buffalo home, is currently pursuing a master of business administration from the University at Buffalo School of Management and a doctor of medicine from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Previously, Yiyun completed doctoral training in biochemistry with a focus on developmental genomics at the NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, where she witnessed the ongoing transformation of downtown Buffalo. Originally from Shanghai China, Yiyun received a bachelor of science in nutrition with a focus on public health nutrition from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and completed her internship at a local hospital, the CDC, and FDA prior to coming to Buffalo in 2008. Since beginning medical school, Yiyun has been actively involved in the local community, from participating in various community events to co-steering a community initiative in the Fruit Belt neighborhood. Her experience working with Dr. Nathan Congdon, an internationally renowned preventive ophthalmology researcher, inspired her to seek solutions to improve equitable eye care and blindness prevention locally and globally. With support from the WNY Prosperity Fellowship Program and the UB School of Management, Yiyun hopes to establish a WNY-based not-for-profit organization addressing eye care disparity and promoting equitable eye care in WNY and possibly worldwide. When not at work, Yiyun serves as the co-president for Sprouts, a local community initiative that uses gardening to spread healthy eating habits among students and kids in underserved neighborhoods. Yiyun enjoys playing piano, biking around Buffalo, and exploring the world with her family and friends.