I'm a postdoc at Colorado State University and an avid science communicator. 

For my PhD in plant biotechnology at UC Davis, I studied intron-mediated enhancement of gene expression in Arabidopsis under Dr. Alan Rose. During that time, I also interned on the BioDirect team in the Ag Productivity Innovations division at Monsanto in Woodland, CA. Immediately following my PhD, I interned on the science desk at The Washington Post as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow. 

I am now exploring biologics and synthetic biology in yeast. I remain an active member of the plant biology community as a Plant Cell Features Editor and through my communication activities on twitter and my blog.

Research Areas:
Molecular Biology


Peccoud J, Gallegos JE, et al.Cyberbiosecurity: From Naive Trust to Risk Awareness. Trends in Biotechnology (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2017.10.012

Gallegos JE, Rose A. Intron DNA Sequences Can Be More Important Than the Proximal Promoter in Determining the Site of Transcript Initiation. The Plant Cell (2017). DOI: 10.1105/tpc.17.00020

Gallegos JE, Rose A. The Enduring Mystery of Intron Mediated Enhancement. Plant Science (2015). DOI: 10.1016/j.plantsci.2015.04.017

Volunteer Activities

Co-founder of the UC Davis science outreach group Science Says.

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education