Yessica Santana Agreda
GSMI Resource Director; STEM Education & Outreach Fellow
Yessica Santana Agreda is an incoming 2nd year Neuroscience PhD student at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) where she studies the molecular mechanisms by which neuronal differentiation occurs in the mammalian retina. A non-traditional student, she received her bachelors in Global Studies at UC Santa Barbara in 2017 where she volunteered in social neuroscience and STEM educational psychology labs. She began her switch to neuroscience by completing her first post-bacc program in Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh where she assisted in investigating retinal-to-cortical circuitry using viral tracers before completing her 2nd post-bacc at OHSU. As a 1st-generation graduate from a Mexican and Guatemalan family, she hopes to play an active role in communicating scientific research resources to all students, especially those from URM populations in order to help them navigate graduate education and promote diversity in science.