Kanaga is a developmental biologist at UC San Diego studying placental development. A native Californian, she studied Genetics at UC Davis then moved to SoCal where she completed her PhD in Biomedical Sciences. When she is not doing (or talking) science, she works on her backup careers as a baker and amateur photographer.
When studying tissues or diseases, scientists often want to understand the underlying molecular mechanisms. If we only focus on in vivo models, we often run into experimental constraints. Hence, why we use in vitro cell models to understand