My name is Jacob Goell and I am a Ph.D. student at Rice University where I am developing CRISPR/Cas9-based epigenome editing tools to study human gene regulation. I am advised by Isaac Hilton and my work consists of building high throughput screens to improve the capabilities of these tools. The immense potential for scientific discoveries like CRISPR to improve human health has inspired my interest in understanding how these breakthroughs are translated into medicines. In exploring this, I have consulted for local start-ups through Enventure, a Houston-based organization supporting the Texas medical innovation community. Previously, I was a research associate at UCSF where I worked in translational pulmonology and drug development for airway diseases. Prior to this, I received a Master’s in Translational Medicine at UCSF and UC Berkeley. I graduated from UCLA in 2016 with a B.S. in bioengineering where I performed research in the medical applications of terahertz imaging. Outside of the lab, I enjoy staying active by playing pickup basketball, running, or weightlifting and trying all the barbecue Houston has to offer.