Yunha is interested in understanding the history of life on Earth by teasing apart the genomes of the microbes around us. She received her B.Sc. in Computer Science with a focus in computational biology at Stanford University and she then received a M.Sc. in Earth Systems at Stanford University in 2018. At the Schulze-Makuch lab, she applies metagenomic tools to understand the scarce life that inhabit extreme environments of the Atacama Desert. She is particularly interested in the microhabitats and the viromes in the Atacama Desert. She hopes to be able to probe at the fundamental question of how life began on Earth and the notion of extraterrestrial "life as we don’t know it” through her research.