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I grew up in the old city of Lahore, the heart of Pakistan. My undergraduate degree is in Biochemistry from University of the Punjab, Pakistan. I then traveled to Islamabad and did my Master's in Virology & Immunology from National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan. After graduating in year 2011, I worked for a year as research assistant with Prof. Sohail Qureshi at Department of Biology, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan studying gene regulation mechanisms in archaean Sulfolobus. Then I shifted gears and joined Department of Basic Sciences at Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital, Pakistan. Here I worked on a project aimed at exploring BRCA1 and 2 polymorphism risks among breast and ovarian cancer patients before being selected for a PhD position at CMB Abbas Raza