Yesica was born in a small town in Jalisco, Mexico and moved to SoCal when she was 10. She completed a BS in Cell Molecular and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Riverside, in March 2018. Prior to joining the La Torre Lab, she worked as a lab technician at UCR and studied the biogenesis of small RNAs in C.elegans. Yesica’s research interests include cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and the genetic basis of disease. Outside of lab she enjoys playing video games and trying new foods.