Erika Davies was born in Sydney, Australia and studied at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) completing a double degree in pure mathematics and software engineering with first class honours, before embarking on another degree in chemistry, for which she was awarded first class honours and the University Medal.
While working towards her chemistry degree, Erika was awarded a summer scholarship with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Materials Science division to look into the use of chemiresistors to detect analytes in aqueous solution. She was also awarded a second summer scholarship through the UNSW Chemistry department, and that project provided her with her first taste of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. During her time at UNSW she was heavily involved in the Students of Chemistry Society, and worked part-time as a tutor.
In 2009 Erika was awarded a Poynton Cambridge Australia Scholarship prompting her relocation to the UK. Since arriving in the UK Erika has enjoyed travelling both locally and abroad, and has recently completed a course in basic German. She is currently looking into the interactions taking place at the organic-mineral interface in bone using solid-state NMR spectroscopy at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.