Originally from Los Angeles, Dr. Horton obtained her B.S. in Biology from Tuskegee University and her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2009 after which she spent 5 years as an Assistant Professor at a teaching-intensive Historically Black University. During her time as an Assistant Professor, Dr. Horton worked to develop student-centered research programs and to expose students to the idea of research as a viable career option. Dr. Horton joined the URC as an Assistant Director in June of 2014. Her main responsibilities include serving as the primary director of the UC Leadership through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS), Biomedical Sciences Enrichment Program (BISEP), Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Program (HHURP), Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP), Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP), as well as the general Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR).