I received my Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from U.C. Berkeley, identifying the co-chaperones Hsp83 and cdc37 as being required for signaling by the Sevenless receptor tyrosine kinase during Drosophila eye development, in the laboratory of Gerald Rubin. My post-doctoral training was with Richard Axel at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/HHMI, studying olfactory axon guidance in the mouse. I continued my research program as a Research Associate with Kang Shen at Stanford University (2006-2009) and an Assistant Project Scientist with David Feldheim at U.C. Santa Cruz (2009-2010), investigating the molecular basis of neuronal connectivity and circuit formation in the vertebrate olfactory and visual systems. I joined the Agalliu laboratory in February 2014 to focus on pediatric autoimmune disease models and human genetic studies.