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From Navigating the Hallways of CSM to Investigating Organelle Inheritance in Fruit Fly Brain Stem Cells: My Journey In Becoming a Cell Biologist

Wed Apr 29, 2020
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Jose Ortega
Graduate Research Assistant, San Francisco State University

Jose’s family is from Central America - his mother is from El Salvador and his father is from Nicaragua. Neither of his parents graduated from high school, but they emphasized the importance of getting an education. One of the major factors that inspired his passion for biology was being diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disorder called Myasthenia Gravis at the age of 12. His diagnosis sparked his interest in understanding how the disorder was affecting his body.

Originally, he wanted to become a medical doctor, but he was encouraged by his cell biology professor at UCSC, Dr. Micheal Rexach, to focus on biological research since he had a natural curiosity. Upon joining Dr. Blake Riggs’ lab at SFSU, he fell in love with biological research and is pursuing a career in science to one day be part of a team that discovers better therapeutics to combat autoimmune disorders like Myasthenia Gravis.


Cost: Free
CSM Science Building 36, Planetarium
1700 West Hillsdale Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94402 USA
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Jessica Damian
(650) 574-5353
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