Deeksha earned her BS degree at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She then worked as a lab technician in the Milanovich Lab studying Acute Leukemia at Sanford Research in South Dakota before coming to UMass. Deeksha placed first in the poster presentation conference held by Sanford Research for two consecutive years, 2014 and 2015. Deeksha enjoys dancing, working out at the gym, lifting weights and running. She is a tennis player with 13 years of experience and was the NTA best player for tennis in singles on the women’s team at Augustana University in 2014 and 2015 as well as winning the 2016 state champions for the singles team.