Originally from Estonia, I moved to the UK for high school studies as an HMC scholar in 2009 and received my BA (Hons) and MEng (Hons) degrees in chemical engineering and biotechnology from Trinity College, University of Cambridge in 2014.
In 2014, I started my PhD studies in biophysical chemistry in the research group of prof. Tuomas Knowles at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, during which I was also an EMBO visiting fellow in the research group of prof. David Weitz at Harvard University.
In 2018, I was awarded a fellowship by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for post-doctoral research. As of 2019, I am working as a Schmidt Science Fellow between the research groups of prof. Tuomas Knowles and Alpha Lee.
I care strongly about communicating my research and I have given numerous talks on topics such as chemical engineering, protein science, biophysics, nanoscience to high school students and general audience. I am always open to talking to students or any other audiences about these topics or about science and engineering more generally.
I was a world-ranked tennis player as a junior (Tennis Europe U16 #46; ITF Juniors No. #684) and I am 22 time Estonian Junior Champion. During my university studies, I played for the University Women's Tennis team winning seven lawn tennis blues - the highest number in the history of the tennis Varsity matches. I also won the University Tennis Championships (Sir Geoffrey Cass Cup) as well as the Cambridgeshire Country Championships on multiple occasions.
I have on numerous occasions won the unofficial world championships in mental arithmetics. In 2007, I won the "Estonia's got talent" TV show demonstrating this skill.
Since moving to the UK, I have been working on a multitude of projects involving Estonian diaspora abroad and introducing Estonia internationally. This includes initiatives such as co-founding the Oxford & Cambridge Club Estonia, coordinating the network of Estonians in Cambridge, UK, and initiating and organising a biannual meetings where scientists working abroad introduce their research as well as the largest pan-Baltic conference outside the region introducing Estonia and the Baltic countries in the UK.