Vera received her B.S. and M. S. in chemistry from RWTH Aachen University. For her Master’s thesis she worked on nanorod assembly in block copolymer-based supramolecules in the laboratory of Professor Ting Xu at the University of California, Berkeley. After receiving her M.S. degree in 2013, she worked as a research assistant in Professor Natalie Stingelin’s group at Imperial College London. Vera joined the Swager lab in the fall of 2014 as a graduate student in inorganic chemistry.