Dr. Cate Flanley is a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the Center for Agriculture-led Growth in the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security at USAID. Cate is an infectious disease and vector biologist who earned her doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. Her research aimed to decrease cutaneous leishmaniasis disease burden by informing vaccine development and validating a novel method to age sand fly populations, an important predictor of disease transmission potential and intensity. Supported by a USAID | Notre Dame Global Development Fellowship, Cate conducted research and field work in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Immediately prior to joining RFS/CA, Cate worked as a consultant in South Bend, Indiana, managing a diverse portfolio including a rural opioid planning grant, website development for hospice community engagement, and data analysis for a non-profit Hispanic health coalition. Her interests include One Health, animal and crop health, as well as emerging zoonotic and vector-borne diseases.