I was born in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. I pursued a BSc in Biological Sciences (Hons) from Imperial College where I began my research journey as a summer intern studying how chemoreceptor gene knockouts affect the human host-seeking behaviour of African malaria mosquitoes with Dr. Andrew Marc Hammond.

Following this, I moved to the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland for my Master in Molecular Life Sciences. Here, I completed a short bioinformatics project in the lab of Prof. Robert Waterhouse on the evolution of mosquito sex determination genes as well as a year-long Master project in the lab of Prof. Richard Benton FRS on the genetic specification of natural olfactory neuron apoptosis during Drosophila melanogaster development.

After a brief bioinformatics internship to identify gene expression correlates of breast cancer patient survival with Dr. Pan Jia Wern of Cancer Research Malaysia, I joined the Pallares lab in February 2023 as a PhD student!