Tara received her MPH with a focus in social and behavioral science from Boston University. Her research experience started at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston working on schizophrenia research. In 2004 she moved to Tanzania working with the Harvard School of Public Health on HIV research (microbicides and PREP), joining LSHTM in 2007 to continur her work in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania which has covered projects related to HIV, Trachoma and THRiVE (increasing research capacity in Tanzania).
Tara is currently managing the LSHTM/KCMC Eye Health Programme in Moshi, Tanzania with projects on the immunological determinants of trachoma, microbial keratitis and Portable Eye Examination Kit (PEEK). She is also undertaking a PhD, "Maasai Response to Mass Drug Administration for Trachoma in a Changing Political Economy in Tanzania".