Nanjing Gao was born and raised in Mexico City to Chinese parents. She is currently a student pursuing her Masters in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Dallas. She completed her B.S. in Neuroscience with a minor in Spanish at Baylor University. She worked in a Behavioral Neuroscience research lab at Baylor and is currently with Dr. Rojas in a Bilingual Language Laboratory at the Callier Center at UT Dallas.