Poonam Kamath hails from the city of Mumbai in India. She completed her B.Sc. in Chemistry from The University of Mumbai. Her interest in the biological sciences made her go on to complete her M.Sc. in Biotechnology from Bangalore University. She also had a 6-month stint working as an in-patient medical coder in a healthcare company in Bangalore. After arriving in Germany, she joined the MAHASSA program to pursue her interests in Medical Anthropology.