Tamara is broadly interested in the role of microglia in the brain. She is currently working with Dr. Marius Wernig at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine to create human stem cell-derived models of the brain to learn more about how cells interact on a cellular and molecular level. She is particularly interested in how microglia cooperate with each other to establish very strict spatial organization, called tiling, and how this contributes to homeostasis. Outside of her graduate work, she has taken on various undergraduate mentorship opportunities, most notably as a program leader for the Stanford Summer Research Program. Otherwise, she can be found playing volleyball, making crafts, or dog-watching.