Born and raised in Malang, East Java, Nova started her academic odyssey in the United States at City College San Francisco. In her junior year, she transferred to University of California at Berkeley supported by the UC Berkeley Regents’ and Chancellors’ Scholarship and The Leadership Award. She graduated in 2011 with a B.S. in Bioengineering and was awarded the Bioengineering Departmental Citation. Nova is currently a PhD student in Biological Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.