Lisa, born and raised in Manila, Philippines, is currently a post doctoral reseacher working on Escherichia coli gene expression and pervasive transcription. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology degree the De La Salle University-Manila. From there she went on to obtain her Master of Science in Microbiology degree at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. After attaining her degree, she worked at the Marine Science Institute at the same university working in close collaboration with the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. In 2012, she moved to Birmingham and obtained her PhD in 2016.