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Jennifer Zieba, PhD

Jen earned her PhD in human genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently a project scientist in the orthopedic surgery department at UCLA where she works on identifying mutations and possible treatments for rare genetic musculoskeletal disorders. Jen enjoys teaching and communicating complex scientific concepts to a wide audience and is a freelance writer for The Scientist's Creative Services Team.

Articles by Jennifer Zieba, PhD
Epigenetic Marks May Cause Brain Tumor Formation
Jennifer Zieba, PhD | Sep 19, 2023 | 3 min read
Scientists established an epigenetic mouse model for glioma, providing insight into how epigenetics can initiate cancer.
Blood vessel with flowing red blood cells and white immune cells.
New CRISPR Treatment Could Prevent HIV Reinfection after Viral DNA Excision
Jennifer Zieba, PhD | Aug 21, 2023 | 3 min read
Researchers design dual CRISPR treatments to remove HIV DNA and prevent reinfection in vitro.
Doctor in rubber gloves wiping injection site on arm of little girl before vaccination
Vaginal Delivery Promotes Early Childhood Vaccine Response
Jennifer Zieba, PhD | Aug 8, 2023 | 3 min read
Researchers showed that the delivery method affects the microbiome and plays a role in the infant vaccine immune response.
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Inducing Cardiomyocyte Maturation

Jennifer Zieba, PhD | Aug 1, 2023 | 2 min read
By combining calcium and electrical pacing, researchers designed a scalable protocol for culturing mature cardiac tissues from induced pluripotent stem cells.
Copepod (Zooplankton) are a group of small crustaceans found in the marine and freshwater habitat.
Combining Climate Stressors Leads to Unique Changes in the Genome
Jennifer Zieba, PhD | Mar 20, 2023 | 3 min read
Researchers found that copepod genomes adapt in distinct ways when simultaneously exposed to multiple environmental conditions.
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Shift Work Early in Life Results in Increased Stroke Severity in Middle Age
Jennifer Zieba, PhD | Jan 11, 2023 | 3 min read
Researchers found that shifted sleep/wake cycles in young rats result in increased functional deficits and mortality following stroke later in life.
3D image of monkeypox virus.
Monkeypox Virus Has Potential to Be Sexually Transmitted
Jennifer Zieba, PhD | Jan 9, 2023 | 4 min read
Researchers discovered monkeypox virus in primate testicular tissues.
Neuronal network with electrical activity of neuron cells in 3D
How Do Neurons Work?
Jennifer Zieba, PhD | Dec 15, 2022 | 6 min read
Neurons transmit sensory and mechanical information across synapses and along axons throughout the body via chemical signals and electrical impulses.
X-ray view of human brain with blood vessels
ApoA1 Identified as a Novel Target for ALS Therapy
Jennifer Zieba, PhD | Dec 12, 2022 | 3 min read
Researchers found that the ApoA1 protein can restore ALS epithelial cell survival in vitro.
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine: A New Frontier in Repairing Organ Damage
Brush Up: Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Jennifer Zieba, PhD | Oct 17, 2022 | 4 min read
A new frontier in repairing organ damage