Assistant Professor of Biology
Protein structure and virus replication


Professor Ortega, assistant professor, is a biochemist who utilizes X-ray crystallography, biophysics, and biochemistry to try to elucidate the connection between protein structure and function in virus replication. Current projects involve trying to understand the molecular interactions of viral proteins and viral DNA to initiate replication through a process called DNA packaging.

BA: Grinnell College, 1997

PhD: University of Colorado, 2006

Post-doc: University of Southern California

Post-doc: Harvey Mudd College