Manda completed her PhD with Prof. Ofer Lahav in cosmology, and was the winner of the Jon Darius Award in 2009.
My advice to any budding scientists out there would be to identify what makes you happy and pursue your own path as a scientist without comparing yourself to others around you. We all have our own unique ambitions and unique ways of realising these ambitions. It is healthy and indeed vital for progress that scientists have a diverse goals as well as diverse paths to accomplishing them. Find your own definition of success because it is the only one that really matters.