Ayappa is a 4th year Doctoral student from the Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Previously, he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology with First Class Honours from the Asian Institute for Medicine, Science, and Technology (AIMST) University. His doctoral research is focused on finding an alternative therapy targeting angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels, for treating colorectal cancer. He has authored and co-authored a total of 6 journal articles that have been published in distinguished high-impact factor journals. Besides being focused on his research, he is also passionate about showcasing Malaysian research to the society and the rest of the world. Malaysia has plenty of potential world-class research which are yet to be brought to light and this is an issue that needs to be addressed. Policies to support the development and growth of the Science and technology sector has to be in place in the nearest future to realize the Malaysian dream to be one of Asia's leading biotechnology hubs. Additionally, back in 2018, he founded the Malaysia Biotechnology Students’ Association (MYBIOSA). MYBIOSA is a hub to nurture students to be holistic individuals by promoting and organizing extracurricular activities. He has made it his mission in Leave a Nest Malaysia to advocate STEM education awareness and nurture holistic research scientist that fits into the Malaysian bioeconomy ecosystem.