Jayathi De Silva was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka and then later moved to London, UK to do a BSc in Molecular Biology and Forensic Science and an MSc in Cancer Biology. She completed her studies and returned home to pursue a career in science and philanthropy. Currently, she works as a scientist, primarily focusing on cancer research and identifying genetic diseases. In her spare time she also models as she believes that it is important to have well-rounded experiences and broadening her creative horizons provides her with valuable perspective. Jayathi is a passionate activist and volunteers at the National Cancer Hospital in Sri Lanka. As Miss Universe Sri Lanka 2016 and a role model amongst her peers she is eager to raise awareness for palliative care for terminally ill cancer patients and to encourage young women to get into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields as there is a global underrepresentation of women in these fields. One day, Jayathi, hopes to become a renowned cancer researcher, contribute towards finding a cure for cancer with her research and improve the quality of life for terminally ill patients.