B.A. University of Georgia, 1997; B.S. Kennesaw State University, 2007; M.S. University of Georgia, 2010.
My research in the Dalton Lab focuses on tissue engineering from both embryonic and induced human pluripotent stem cells. I concentrate on early specification of ectodermal and mesodermal germ layers and their progenies. I utilize directed differentiation techniques to derive lineage-specific cell types that mimic developmentally appropriate paths to develop disease models and interrogate the basic biology of cell fate and function. My current projects include understanding the basic biology of and disease modeling of neural crest stem cells and associated neurocristopathies, as well as the fate decisions that specify brown adipocyte and skeletal muscle from paraxial mesoderm progenitors.