Amber did her undergraduate work at Seattle Pacific University and received degrees in Cellular & Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. She then pursued her doctoral degree in the laboratory of Dr. Marian Waterman at the University of California, Irvine. Her thesis work focused on the loss of stemness in normal crypt homeostasis, intestinal wounding, and colon cancer. Amber transitioned from colon research to the pancreas and joined the Tuveson group at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 2021 as a postdoctoral fellow. She is broadly interested in cancer and stromal cell state plasticity and heterogeneity.