Fatma graduated in 2020 with a PhD in Soil Science with minors in agronomy and nutritional sciences. Her primary research interest lies in the study of soil health’s effect on the socio-economic, nutritional and qualitative dimensions of food and agriculture in developing nations. Her PhD examined the nutritional interlinkages in the soil-rice-human continuum in Jharkhand, India. Fatma was a National Science Foundation fellow. She received both her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Cornell University in agricultural science and soil sciences.