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Yessica Santana Agreda
Executive Board Member; Fellowship Reviewer
Yessica Santana Agreda is a Neuroscience Ph.D. Candidate at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) studying cell fate determination using the mammalian retina as a model system. Yessica is originally from Los Angeles, CA, and completed a Bachelor's Degree in Global Studies at UC Santa Barbara in 2017. During undergrad, she began research in educational psychology developing coding and online organic chemistry curricula, and then pivoted to cognitive neuroscience where she trained as an fMRI technician to study neural correlates of human behavior. Yessica went on to complete her first post-bacc in Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh studying retino-cortical circuitry and her second neuroscience post-bacc at OHSU. Being a first-generation Guatemalan-Mexican American, Yessica is passionate about creating equity in science research and creating the skillset to maximize one's graduate training.