Jay Ortiz

Jay is a Ph.D. student at Penn in the Immunology Graduate Group (IGG) Program. He is primarily interested in understanding the role of rare epithelial cell subsets such as tuft cells in the upper and lower airways as initiators of type 2 immune responses to aeroallergens and in the context of chronic inflammatory diseases such as chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) and allergic asthma. His work in the Herbert lab will be focused on dissecting type 2 immune circuits involving sinonasal tuft cells and trigeminal sensory neurons in models of allergic inflammation.

Where are you from?

Aibonito, Puerto Rico

What is your favorite hangout place or favorite thing to do?

Outside of lab, Jay enjoys running, exploring art museums, and trying out new restaurants and bars around Philly with friends.

What is your prior degree/training?

B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus

What is your career aspiration?

Jay currently aspires to bring the skills he’ll develop during his Ph.D. training to a career in biomedical consulting.

Email address: jayortiz@pennmedicine.upenn.edu