Thilakavathy Karuppiah obtained a BSc in Food Science and Technology in 1997, an MSc in Nutritional Biochemistry and earned her Ph.D. in Genetics in 2004 from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). She joined as a lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UPM to teach and continue her research in genetics. In 2009 she left to Imperial College London, United Kingdom, to continue her postdoctoral degree in Stem Cell Biology. Dr. Thila’s research focus is on the genetics of various human disorders and mesenchymal stem cells. Her research works had been presented and published in many local and international conferences and journals, respectively. In 2014 she was invited to join UPM innovation hub (INNOHUB) to bring her non-invasive prenatal DNA screening test for Down syndrome into the market. Dr. Thila founded United Genetic (M) Sdn Bhd in 2014 as a start-up company through InnoHub Program at UPM. Aside from teaching and research, Dr. Thila is also actively involved in a community transformation program, particularly for the betterment of children in education.