Born and raised in Switzerland, I received a B.S. in Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Zurich in 2010. After graduation I completed an internship focusing on the health state of the Seychelles' coral reefs. Afterwards I moved to Honolulu, Hawai‘i, where I enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Microbiology specializing in Marine Biology. I investigated the coral disease Montipora White Syndrome and the pathogenic bacteria associated with this disease. I then decided to change my field of study and apply my learned skillset to the human disease field, investigating the human gut microbiome.