Shariwa started her PhD in Community Nutrition with Dr. Laura Bellows in 2021. Her minor concentrations are Communications and Human Development. Currently, she is working on a digital interventions for nutrition and physical activity for families with preschool-aged children.
Shariwa was raised in Phoenix, AZ and received her undergraduate degrees in Physiology and Nutrition at the University of Arizona with minors in Spanish, Biochemistry, and Studio Art. Wanting to combine her love for art and science to make science more accessible to the masses, Shariwa pursued her MS in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She then worked at the University of Chicago for two years, where she created 3D visualizations of fossils for Dr. Zeresenay Alemseged and worked on tobacco cessation curriculum development with Dr. Marcia Tan. She is passionate about using her nutrition, design, and research background for nutrition promotion and childhood obesity prevention in disadvantaged communities.