I study how cell fates are determined in the developing mouse embryo. Specifically, I am investigating how the thymus and parathyroid cell fates are specified. Both organs arise from a common primordium: the third pharyngeal pouch. Although several transcription factors serve as early markers of each cell fate and are necessary for organ functions, the actual specifiers of each fate are unknown. I plan on investigating the transcriptomes of cells in the primordium and surrounding area to identify candidate autonomous specifiers of the thymus and parathyroid and gain a better understanding of how such cells respond to extracellular signals.
M.S. Biology (2017) Georgia State University
B.S. Biology (2012) Eckerd College