Vanissa was born in Hong Kong and began her studies at the Hong Kong Baptist University in 2004, started out as a piano major and studied piano with Chinese composer Mr. Cui Shiguang. Vanissa composed a number of ensemble works in her undergraduate study and presented her first choral suite Tsunami in the honors project composition recital in 2007. Vanissa then turned her focus towards electroacoustic music composition during her stay at Ball State University, Indiana, majoring in voice and music composition. Vanissa's composition teachers include Michael Pounds, Keith Kothman, Jody Nagel and Derek Johnson. Vanissa studied voice with Ms Katusha Tsui-Fraser and Dr. Mei Zhong and was the winner of the regional (Indiana) audition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in US in 2008.
Vanissa returned to Hong Kong in 2010. Under the supervision of Dr Chrsitopher Keyes Vanissa is now a PhD candidate at the HKBU working on interactive electroacoustic music. Vanissa's pieces and installations have been premiered and exhibited internationally at various events and festivals including the 13th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (Seoul, Korea), Society of Composers (SCI) Region VI Conference (Texas, US), University of Central Missouri New Music Festival (Missouri, US), the soundSCAPE festival (Italy), 2013 International Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology (Taipei) and Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Vanissa was granted the Fulbright Research Award and was sponsored to do a 10-month research at Louisiana Digital Media Center in 2014-15.