I graduated with a B.S. in Biology from James Madison University in 2013 and joined the Dalton lab in the same year to pursue a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. My research focuses on employing a new genome-wide CRISPR-Cas9 knockout screen to identify genes essential for stem cell lineage specification. Transcriptional changes that are involved in lineage specification are often driven by a set of core transcription factors, or master regulators. Our goal is to identify unknown regulators that govern cell fate decision and specification.