Tayyab received his bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in 2014. During his undergrad, Tayyab spent a summer studying the role of TET3 in development and pluripotency in the Rudolf Jaenisch lab at the Whitehead Institute. For his PhD, Tayyab joined the Jon Henry lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he studied stem cells in the frog cornea, and their ability to heal/regenerate, and generate additional cell fates, such as lens cells, in an effort to develop novel therapeutic approaches for diseases/injuries. In the Morris lab, Tayyab’s work will involve dissecting the mechanisms of cellular reprogramming with an aim to advance therapeutically beneficial cell types.