Nikki Wetton, M.S.
Staff Research Associate I
Throughout my education, I have developed a love for science and a passion for disease research. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2014 from California State University Channel Islands where my undergraduate research focused on studying women’s cancer. Then, in 2017, I received my M.S. in Biotechnology from California State University San Marcos, where my research focused on the development of induced pluripotent stem cells using non-integrating reprogramming methods. During my M.S., I also completed a one-year internship at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. focusing on stem cell research. This internship was provided through the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) program.
In the Sander Lab, my focus is on differentiating stem cells into mature beta cells in an effort to create disease models for diabetes research. Other projects also include using the CRISPR/Cas9 system to introduce genetic variants and mutations into stem cells before differentiation in an effort to see if the genetic alterations have an effect on the development and function of mature beta cells.