Last Modified: July 28, 2023

Jessica D. Hess is a pharmaceutical researcher with a Ph.D. in biosciences from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Genetics and Epigenetics at the Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope.

During her Ph.D. studies she specialized in small molecule anticancer drug discovery under the mentorship of Dr. Renato J. Aguilera at The University of Texas at El Paso. She also gained hospital-based health care experience in pediatric and mental health settings while serving as a patient care technician. 

Hess instructed undergraduate students on subjects such as:

  • Biology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology 

She hopes to one day contribute to the development of best-in-class anticancer medicines and to help everyone better understand complex scientific concepts.

Hess’ research spans a wide range of medical topics, including:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Cancer biology
  • Drug discovery and development
  • Science communication

In 2019 Hess founded her first business, Cell Kulture Co., with the intention of increasing public understanding of science through art. She has since been locally and nationally recognized for her research, entrepreneurship and support of STEM workforce diversity.

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