Jessica Cortez

Position: PhD Student, UCSF BMS Program, NSF Fellow

Email: Jessica.Cortez [at]

I grew up and completed my undergraduate studies in southern California. I graduated in 2012 with a BS in Biochemistry from CSU Channel Islands, during which I also spent a year studying abroad at Kingston University in London, UK. I became interested in immunology at a young age as a result of personal and family experiences with autoimmune disease. During college, I explored my interest further by participating in the Amgen Scholars Program in Mark Anderson's lab at UCSF. After graduation I returned to the Anderson lab as a technician for 3 years where I studied the molecular mechanism of Aire. I joined the Marson lab in 2016 to complete my graduate work and to continue investigating the genetics of autoimmunity. In my free time I enjoy traveling, going to concerts and doing yoga.