Randall Platt is a graduate student in Biological Engineering at MIT and the Broad Institute. Platt works with advisor Feng Zhang to develop and apply genome editing technologies (TALENs and CRISPR) towards elucidating the genetic and molecular basis of disease. His research empowers genome editing applications directly in vivo, which enables the rapid creation of versatile disease models and provides a novel platform for discovering new disease-associated genes and testing therapeutics. At MIT he is an NSF, McGovern, and Afeyan Fellow. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in biomedical engineering and chemistry, and as a Whitaker Fellow he obtained a master’s degree from the Imperial College London in material science.