I am from Compton, CA and went to UCLA for my undergraduate degree. I took time off and worked at the NHGRI in Bethesda, MD for a year. Overall, my research has spanned from placental development to assessment of SNP risk for congenital defects.  I have a strong interest in development and epigenetic transcriptional control. In my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching tennis (slighly a fanatic), listening to live performances on youtube or in person, and reading. 

recent publications

Farmer D', Finley JK, Chen FY, Tarifeño-Saldivia E, McManus MT, Knox SM, et al. miR-205 is a critical regulator of lacrimal gland development..; 2017. (Dev Biol).
Farmer D', McManus MT. MicroRNAs in ectodermal appendages.. Vol 43.; 2017. (Curr Opin Genet Dev; vol 43).
Farmer D', Nathan S, Finley JK, Yu KS, Emmerson E, Byrnes LE, et al. Defining epithelial cell dynamics and lineage relationships in the developing lacrimal gland.. Vol 144.; 2017. (Development; vol 144; no 13).
Finley JK, Farmer D', Emmerson E, Pacheco NC, Knox SM. Manipulating the murine lacrimal gland..; 2014. (J Vis Exp; no 93).
Farmer D', Shariat N, Park CY, Liu HJ, Mavropoulos A, McManus MT. Partially Penetrant Postnatal Lethality of an Epithelial Specific MicroRNA in a Mouse Knockout. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(10):e76634.