Allie Briner Crawley
Ph.D. student, Functional Genomics
Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences
When Allie Briner Crawley started at NC State, she had never heard of CRISPR. But the revolutionary cut-and-paste gene editing system quickly became her passion.
She studies CRISPR-Cas systems in lactic acid bacteria, with the ultimate goal of creating better probiotics that improve gut health in new ways.
At the same time, she takes bacterial immune systems and, using CRISPR processes, essentially turns them on themselves to create genetic engineering tools in bacteria. This could lead to the development of gene therapies that eliminate human disease.