PhD Student, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)Biography
Jessica is a 2nd year PhD student at The University of Texas at El Paso. Jessica's research involves high-throughput screening of novel compounds for anticancer activity. She is currently focused on identifying the protein target of a potent compound that she found after screening more than 2,000 unique molecules. Most of Jessica's time in the lab is spent culturing various cancer and normal cell lines for use in cytotoxicity and mechanistic assays. The next step in her research is to analyze the transcriptome of cells treated with her compound to identify differentially expressed genes. Throughout the academic year, she also serves as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate Biology lab courses. Outside of the lab, you can find Jessica working on science-themed stickers and stationery for her shop - Cell Kulture Co. Her mission is to encourage science-driven communication through art. She hopes that her colorful designs provide scientists an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation about their research with non-experts. You can shop Jessica's current collection or inquire about custom orders at cellkultureco.com!