Jose Moran*


Ph.D. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics (2025)
B.S. Biotechnology (2020)


Jose studies HIV infection, pathogenesis, treatment, and cure approaches.


A native Californian, Jose received his associate of science degree in biological technician from Fullerton College before transferring to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2017. After doing research in a stem cell lab and an immunoparasitology lab, he received his bachelor's degree in biotechnology in 2020. Jose is now a PhD student in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics department in UC Irvines School of Medicine studying HIV latency and persistence and cure approaches in the Marsden lab. Outside of research, Jose enjoys hiking, reading, art, and exploring new cities with his partner.

Why is science communication important to you personally?

There is a lot of cool science being done around the world, but sometimes it may be challenging to understand. I think that the lack of science accessibility is the main driver for disinterest and distrust in science. It should be the responsibility of my fellow scientists and I to share research to all audiences, that way we can inspire young scientists from all backgrounds to the field and build trust between scientists and the general public.

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