Sasha majored in Pharmacology while completing her Bachelor of Medical Science at USYD. This exposure made her realise her passion for Pharmacology – specifically the drug design aspect – and led her to approach Prof Michael Kassiou with interest in an Honours project under his supervision. Her Honours project focused on drug design for targeting the oxytocin signalling pathway as an avenue for therapeutics to treat social disorders. This opportunity allowed her to experience working in a lab-based research environment with some of the most gifted people she knows. Sasha enjoyed this process immensely, thus deciding to further pursue this career path by beginning her PhD under the supervision of Dr Eryn Werry and Prof Michael Kassiou, with a focus on drug design in neurodegeneration.