Jessica Torruella

Title: Junior research technician in the Ginsberg lab.

Duties: Making proteins for the Protein Core Facility, scientists in the lab, and the lab's research collaborators. Keeping records and samples of each batch. Supporting the scientists and the lab in general.

Started at TSRI: 1997, as a part-time dishwasher for the lab as she was completing high school.

Education: Will graduate from San Diego State University in 2002 as an international business major. Classes included those on Western Europe, Spanish, and Biology 101. "The lab portion was a joke compared to what I do here!"

Favorite Part of the Job: "The people. And the freedom of science from the emphasis on getting the job done rather than how many hours you spend doing it."

Career Goals: Pharmaceutical sales. "I'm going to be doing an internship in the field that should help me decide whether this is the right direction for me."

Extracurriculars: Tennis, yoga, and taking care of her dog, Rusty, and cat, Audrey.





Jessica Torruella will graduate from San Diego State University next year. Photo by Mika Ono.