Born and raised in Thailand, Priya worked as a biologist. She dreamed of studying extraterrestrial life, but the first time the RDA went to Pandora she messed up at recruitment. The second time Priya made sure she was one of the first researchers on board.
On Pandora, Priya started out cataloging botany and trying to find applications on Earth for Pandoran flora. She quickly saw past the thin veneer of RDA propaganda and grew uncomfortable with the treatment of the Na'vi. She was painfully reminded that the route the RDA was taking on Pandora was close to the path humanity had taken on Earth.
Priya is insecure and excitable, with a tendency to blather on about topics she’s passionate about. She's in awe of life on Pandora and devastated by the RDA's destruction of it. She has no military training, and while she's awkward at times, her conviction makes her absolutely reliable. She might be nervous, she might be awkward, but she will always help you, whatever you might need.