My name is Jazmin Morales. I was born in New York City and currently reside in Astoria. I am a recent graduate who double majored in Jewish Studies and Biotechnology, both of which inspire me daily. My parents are both alumni of CCNY, and it brings me great pride to be following in their footsteps. I was born in my mother’s junior year, and she took me up to the stage with her when she received her diploma in 1996.
Since my matriculation at CCNY, I have participated in several poster presentations as well as a couple of conferences. The City College Academy for Professional Preparation (CCAPP) has always fostered my growth, and I was encouraged to attend the CSTEP conference through them.
With their support, I won 1st Place in my category, (Medicine I) in said CSTEP Conference. CCAPP has strengthened my voice as a scientist as well, giving me the opportunity to present my work to my peers in two annual CCAPP poster presentations. CCAPP also has an immensely caring staff, of which I hope to maintain a relationship with for the rest of my life. Without the support of this great institution and the CCAPP office, I would not have solidified my path as a researcher.
For the past three years, I have worked in the lab of Dr. Christine Li, studying an orthologue of the human APP protein in C. elegans. This APP protein is thought to be the cause of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in familial AD patients. Alzheimer's disease runs in my family, and I have seen the damage it can do in such a short period of time. I was accepted into Brandeis’ Neuroscience Program for my PhD this year, and aim to continue my studies on neurodegenerative diseases and disorders such as Alzheimer’s.