Jake Lang is a member of the Class of 2025 in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA). In high school, Jake worked at an independent pharmacy in his hometown of Malverne, NY. This formative experience provided a front-row seat to the U.S. pharmaceutical industry's alarming monopolization. Consequently, Jake’s academic interests broadly concern exposing corporate power’s inequitable sway over healthcare systems and outcomes. As a MURF, Jake works with Dr. Emily Mendenhall—a medical anthropologist, professor of global health, and leading expert on syndemic methods—on advancing a syndemic approach to research on the global opioid crisis. Outside of being a MURF, Jake is a member of the Carroll Forum, a Resident Assistant in Village C West, and an Operations Intern at the Center for Social Justice. He also enjoys walks around campus and reading on Copley Lawn when the D.C. sun allows.