Justina was born in Arizona and attended The University of Arizona for her undergraduate degree in Biosystems Engineering. Then, she went on to graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin in Biomedical Engineering where she joined the Biomedical Optics and NanoDiagnostics lab (PI: Konstantin Sokolov). Currently, she is in a postdoctoral program sponsored by the FDA called The Commissioner’s Fellowship program, which trains doctorates in regulatory science. Through this fellowship, she collaborates with Lee Gehrke’s lab at MIT in the IMES department on a project to develop point-of-care devices to detect emerging infectious diseases. Outside of lab, she enjoys experimenting with new cooking recipes and playing tennis.