Elena N. Naumova earned her doctorate from Novosibirsk State Technical University, Russia and completed her postdoctoral training in artificial intelligence systems at the Baumann State Technical University in Moscow. Dr. Naumova is a recognized mathematician, Professor and Chair of the Division of Data Sciences of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. She is an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), has published numerous papers and held grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Naumova is studying the effects of climate change, extreme weather and disasters on vulnerable populations. Her international work and travels have taken her to a number of countries, including Ecuador, Japan, India and Indonesia. She participated in UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan and is currently leading research on effects of marine microplastic contamination on health and wellbeing of coastal communities.