Jessica A. Cooke


BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
MSc Neuroscience, Institute of Psychology, Kings College, London, UK
PhD Medicine/Dentistry, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Postdoctoral training: National Eye Institute, NIH, Bethesda and Indiana University-University of Purdue, Indiana.

Jessica is a stem cell biologist specializing in retinal differentiation of pluripotent stem cells (both embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells). Her PhD work focused specifically on the differentiation of photoreceptor cells from mouse embryonic stem cells, discerning gene regulatory networks involved in cell fate. She further developed these ideas through her postdoctoral training deriving all types of retinal cells from human pluripotent stem cells.

Jessica has recently joined the Tucker lab as a postdoctoral scientist and will be generating retinal cells in a dish using patient-derived hiPSCs. She will use this system to further understand retinal disease mechanisms and help generate cell replacement therapies.