Vanessa Cota

Graduate Student
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PhD Candidate, Molecular Biology, Princeton University 

Masters in Science, Cellular and Molecular Biology, San Francisco State University 

Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Arts, San Francisco State University 


My name is Vanessa Cota (she/her) and I am originally from the Bay Area, California. I began my scientific journey at the City College of San Francisco, a community college with an excellent group of professors in the STEM fields. I went on to pursue a Masters in Science at San Francisco State University and did my thesis research in the lab of Dr. Diana Chu. I then became interested in aging research and joined the Murphy Lab at Princeton University. In the Murphy Lab I am working on the problem of female reproductive decline using C. elegans as a model. We seek to use longevity models to uncover novel mechanisms that may slow reproductive decline.  

My outside interests include: cooking (and eating), exploring (road trips!), hiking (on both nature trails and city streets), and hanging out with my Pitbull rescue pup (she’s the sweetest).