Assel was born in Astana, Kazakhstan. She received her MSc in Drug Chemistry from Newcastle University in 2011 . For research project she worked under the supervision of Dr. Nicholas Allenby (Demuris Ltd., UK) and Dr. Michael John Hall. After being back to Kazakhstan she worked in Nazarbayev University starting at Teaching Assistant position and in 2014 she was promoted to the position of Instructor, teaching General Chemistry courses. In October 2017 she started her PhD in Bradley group working on "Peptide based imaging agents.
In her spare time, Assel enjoys spending time with family, travelling and watching films.