PhD Candidate

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.

Education:

M.S. Biology (2017) Georgia State University

B.S. Biology (2012) Eckerd College

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