Ala is an Investment Associate at Ascension. Ala is responsible for sourcing, screening and performing due diligence on investment opportunities for Ascension’s Life Fund. Ala also assists across the investor relations and fundraising functions of the business.
Before joining Ascension, Ala was the regional Accelerator manager for EIT Health, a pan-EU HealthTech Accelerator backed by the European Union. Ala's passion in this space stems from her background as a Molecular Geneticist. She holds a Doctorate in Molecular Genetics from Cambridge University, where her research explored the pathways that lead to metastasis. Ala also investigated the molecular mechanisms of ageing at UCL's Cancer Institute and holds a Master's degree in Human Molecular Genetics from Imperial College London.
Ala is a recovering life scientist, her only experiments are now with vegan cake recipes, blogging and water sports. She recently got her sailing license and hopes that unlike rowing, the bigger boats mean she will be less at risk of being impaled.