Chris Ahlbach is a medical student at UCSF who was awarded the opportunity from the UCSF School of Medicine to do one year of research with Dr. Diana Greene Foster on the Nepal Turnaway Study. He has a strong commitment to incorporating policy-directed research in his future career as an ObGyn, particularly in global family planning and reproductive justice. His overall research goals include using innovative public health research methods to understand abortion barriers, mortality, and implementation in low-resource areas. His interest in family planning began well before medical school, however, since entering he has been able to engage in these topics in new and integrative ways, including participating in rigorous research into the relationship between hegemonic masculinity and acceptance of contraception in Western Kenya, with Dr. Sara Newmann. With my background in social justice organizing and activism, directly learning how to incorporate rigorous research into this work will be a critical component of my future career. He completed his B.S. in Human Biology at UC Santa Cruz and will complete his M.D. in 2021.