Dr. Misty Riddle received her B.S. in Biology from Westminster College in 2008. She earned her PhD from the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2013. There she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Joel Rothman and described transdifferentiation and transorganogenesis of differentiated cells and organs in the nematode C. elegans. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Genetics Department at Harvard Medical School working in the laboratory of Dr. Clifford Tabin. Her research focuses on using the Mexican Tetra, Astyanax mexicanus as a model to understand the developmental and genetic basis of metabolic and gastrointestinal evolution.