Jessica Ventura

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Graduate Student

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I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended the University of Cincinnati for my undergraduate studies. Midway through college and unsure of what I wanted to do with my life, I participated in UC’s Women in Science and Engineering program. I worked in the laboratory of Dr. In-Kwon Kim to elucidate the structure and function of ADP-ribosyl-acceptor hydrolase 3, an important protein in poly(ADP-ribose) metabolism. It was there that I fell in love with laboratory research and realized my passion for science.  Over the next two years I worked hard to gain research experience while earning my bachelor’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry so that I could go on to pursue a graduate degree. In Dr. Keri’s lab I hope to make discoveries that will contribute to the understanding of cancer biology and therapeutics.

Current Research Activities

  • Investigating the efficacy of drug combinations for the treatment of triple negative breast cancer


  • Pourfarjam Y, Ventura J, Kurinov I, Cho A, Moss J, & Kim I-K. Structure of human ADP-ribosyl-acceptor hydrolase 3 bound to ADP-ribose reveals a conformational switch that enables specific substrate recognition. J Biol Chem. 2018; 293(32).