Uma completed her undergraduate and master degree in Biochemistry from University of Malaya. She pursued her PhD at Cambridge on a project designing affinity ligands for the selective binding of the glycoprotein pharmaceuticals. Prior to Monash, she worked in SIRIM, Malaysia’s Industrial Research Institute, and established the natural product research group to aid local cosmeceutical and nutraceutical industries. She has to her name a number of innovation awards, patents, publications and actively collaborates with industry. She is an editorial board member of several reputable journals and is an international and national grant evaluator.