After Martin Mertens seemingly disappeared from the island after bypassing the Guardian with Minerva's son, Finn, Dr. Gross sent her best seeker, Kara, to find and bring both of them back. While Minerva struggled to cope with the sudden loss and apparent betrayal of her son and husband, Dr. Gross began to conduct strange experiments in her lab, eventually releasing a deadly virus into the human population by accident. Her experiments lead to the permanent extinction of all Helpers. After Dr. Gross fled the island, Minerva chose to upload herself into the island's mainframe in order to restore order.
- Her methods for wanting to help upgrade involuntary lifeforms through cybernetics are similar to The Borg Queen from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- Dr. Gross' suit is reminiscent of the one worn by Dr. Samuel Hayden, from the game DOOM 4, who also was human, but then moved into a cybernetic body.
- Her name and title may be a reference to Heinrich Gross, an Austrian psychiatrist and Nazi war criminal who used the same methods as Dr. Gross.