Dr. Maile Taualii received her Ph.D. in Health Services, with an emphasis in Public Health Informatics and Public Health Genetics from the University of Washington, where she also completed her Master’s degree in Public Health. Dr. Taualii is the Chair of the Master of Public Health track in Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health at the University of Hawaii, Office of Public Health Studies. Prior appointments included serving as the Scientific Director for the Urban Indian Health Institute; an Indian Health Service designated Tribal Epidemiology Center, for nearly 10 years. A primary research focus for Dr. Taualii is the utility and validity of health information for racial minorities, specifically diabetes and epigenetics related to health disparities. Her current research is related to perceptions of bio-banking for research among Native Hawaiians.