Linda Setiawan obtained her undergraduate education and her M.Sc. in Biochemistry from the Free University Berlin. For her Master’s thesis, she studied pancreas and liver organogenesis at the University of California, San Francisco. Following her interest in genetics and molecular biology, she went on to research regeneration, tissue and organismal growth at the University of California, Berkeley. She also taught biochemistry and embryology courses and mentored undergraduate students. She speaks German and intermediate-level French.