Yuka is from Kyoto, Japan. She received her B.A. in Physics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 2017. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the characterization and generation of non-diffracting beams. She started her Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado Boulder and joined the Kapteyn-Murnane group in fall of 2017, where she is currently working in the imaging team. When not in the lab Yuka enjoys hiking, watching plays, and visiting art museums.