I earned my BS in the Bangalore University, India, followed by an MS in biotechnology. Then, I moved to USA in 2009 to earn my second MS in biotechnology in the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, during which I worked under Dr. Stephen J Small as a research assistant in Drosophila genetics. After that, I started my doctoral work under Dr. William J Brunken, first at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center and then at the SUNY Upstate Medical University. During my doctoral training, I studied how extracellular matrix components, especially laminins, affect retinal angiogenesis either directly or indirectly, by modulating cross-talk between invading astrocytes and resident microglia. After earning my PhD in 2017, I joined the Agalliu laboratory at Columbia University Irving Medical Center as a post-doctoral research scientist. My work here is primarily focused on the development and maintenance of the blood-retina barrier.