Josh L. Espinoza


"Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?" Leonardo Da Vinci

I am a graduate student aspiring toward a profession in studying synthetic biology, genomics, and post-transcriptional regulation through the lens of bioinformatics and cellular/molecular techniques. My primary research aim is to be a driving force behind the transition from genomics being solely a language used to explain life, into a programming language capable of generating new life.

Aside from research, I produce electronic music in Ableton Live using synthetic and acoustic instruments under the alias O.rka. I also contribute to Sioux Magazine by creating art, generating puzzles, and writing articles.

I graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Cellular & Molecular Biology. I studied abroad in Auckland, New Zealand where I focused my research on the ecology of the local fauna. I was accepted into a stem cell internship through California Institute of Regenerative Medicine where I worked at UCSD with Miles F. Wilkinson as a Staff Research Assistant.




tPrinciple InvestigatorInstitutionResearch
Spring|Fall 2011Kevin BurnsSDSUOrnithology
Fall 2011Steve BarlowSDSUScanning Electron Microscopy
Spring 2012Scott Kelley & Liz DinsdaleSDSUMetagenomics Bioinformatics
2012-2014Miles F. WilkinsonUCSDStem Cells & ncRNA
CurrentDavid BernickUCSCSynthetic Biology