Diana graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto in 2016. Her undergraduate research started with studying adult neurogenesis in naked mole rats with Prof. Melissa Holmes. In her second year, Diana transitioned into research in medicinal chemistry under the supervision Prof. Patrick Gunning, with whom she completed her undergraduate thesis.
Her passion for chemical biology has led Diana to currently pursue her M.Sc. with Prof. Gunning. Her project involves building small molecular scaffolds to selectively inhibit E1 activating enzymes, focusing on UBA5 and SAE. Her aim is to develop novel tools for the delineation of these enzymes' roles in disease progression.
Outside of the lab, Diana loves painting and traveling.