Daisy grew up in Palo Alto, CA before moving to Los Angeles to complete her B.S. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at UCLA. She completed her doctorate at Harvard University under the mentorship of Dr. George Q. Daley, where her research focused on the Lin28/let-7 axis and its role in stem cell maintenance and cancer progression using murine models and cell culture. In particular, her work described a critical function of the oncofetal gene Lin28b in driving tumorigenesis, followed by the discovery of a novel role of the Lin28/let-7 network in regulating development of the body plan during embryogenesis. Her current work in the Stevens lab is focused on mechanisms of microglial development and dysfunction during normal development and neurodegenerative disease.