I am interested in understanding what RNA can tell us about how cells work and what happens during disease. Many RNAs are transcribed and not translated into protein but rather regulate protein production. Recently circRNAs were shown to regulate cell division during development and cancer via interactions with microRNAs, transcription factors and RNA binding proteins. As a PhD student at the University of Nevada in Reno I helped identify new circRNAs in the nematode C. elegans that accumulate throughout its lifespan. During my postdoc at UCSF I hopes to identify a circRNA signature for specific oncogenes such as Myc then dissect the pathways necessary for circRNA-dependent oncogenesis.