Class of 2018
Education: BS in Animal Science at Cal Poly
Jessica sees stem cell research/regenerative medicine as a fascinating way to fundamentally understand how biological systems work at the molecular level, so that researchers can in turn help heal patients at the source of their conditions instead of treating based on the symptoms that they experience. This way researchers can help patients find long term health solutions to improve their quality of life. She currently is interested in using stem cells as in vitro models for research, particularly neural stem cells and the neuroregeneration process. With a better understanding in the stem cell biology of nervous tissue, she eventually plans to shift towards stem cell translational medicine, so that she can begin to incorporate new diagnostics and treatments into the general population.