Cassidy earned her B. S. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of California Santa Barbara in 2010. Shortly thereafter, she was hired as a staff research assistant in the Laboratory of Dr. Dennis Clegg at UCSB and worked to optimize the stem cell differentiation protocol and flow cytometry release assay for a stem-cell derived therapy for Macular Degeneration (called CPCB-RPE1) . Cassidy has cGMP training and has contributed to the clinical manufacturing of CPCB-RPE1 for the phase 1/2a clinical trial. She has continued to work in flow cytometry and is a certified BD and Sony FACS operator. She was appointed Associate Director of the Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering in October of 2016 and became the Director of the facility in February, 2020.
The William K. Bowes Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering is focused on interdisciplinary stem cell research and teaching in the emerging field of regenerative medicine. The Laboratory houses the recently established Start Up Incubator which aims to create an inclusive and diverse community to support and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship and to provide the technical space to foster development and growth of intellectual property for start up companies.