Marcella was born and raised in Camden, New Jersey. She is a first-generation Vietnamese American. She is also the first in her family to pursue a college degree in Biological Sciences.
Her childhood was marked by great adversity, often watching her immigrant family and surrounding community struggle with obstacles, resulting from financial and hardship and the lack of education. Through sheer dedication and commitment, she made her way into two widely-known programs – The Camden Scholars Program from Moorestown Friends School, and the Abele Scholars Program from Ursinus College.
In 2019, she was recognized by the MED academy program of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) for her prowess in the field of Anatomy. Curious and inquisitive by nature, she loves exploring the intersections of life, where she can utilize her interdisciplinary thinking and interest. Since recognizing her passion for helping the underprivileged and underrepresented, she continues to devote her life to understanding the truth, the law, and the meaning of justice.
Fluent in English and Vietnamese, Marcella is not only a woman in STEM, but also a philosopher, healer, artist, and a lover of the law.