Denise graduated from Tufts University with a double major in International Relations (International Security) and Music (Music History and Theory). During her time at Tufts, she took several classes on Chinese history, Chinese politics and Chinese music. Her current research interests lie in Chinese civil-military relations and Chinese foreign policy. Besides her academic interests, Denise is learning Korean, enjoys travelling, plays the piano and does Taekwondo.
Born and raised in Singapore, Denise will return to serve in the Republic of Singapore Air Force as an Air Warfare Officer upon graduation.