Rojelio Mejia is assistant professor of infectious diseases and pediatrics at the National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine. He is dedicated to improving the understanding and treatment of parasitic infection through advancing systems of their diagnoses. The laboratory’s work involves defining the prevalence and parasitic burden in endemic populations and improving healthcare outcomes. The Southern United States has been plagued with unacceptable levels of poor sanitation, poverty, and parasites in the community. Dr. Mejia is committed to decreasing the prevalence and burden of these parasites among the poor and disenfranchised population. Parasites disproportionately impact people of color and further continue the cycle of poverty. Research studies include New York, Maryland, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina.