Tamara Kosikova was born in Trencin, Slovakia, in 1989. She completed her BSc in Biomolecular Sciences at the University of St Andrews in 2012. From 2012 onwards, Tamara carried out her PhD in systems chemistry under the supervision of Professor Douglas Philp at the University of St Andrews, which she completed in November 2016. In September 2018, she joined Professor Philp at Northwestern University as a postdoctoral scholar. Her research focuses on examining how system-level behavior emerges in reaction networks of interconnected synthetic replicators and how it can be modulated by changing the reaction environment, with the view to better understand the processes relevant to the emergence of biological complexity on early Earth.