Lorena Cortes

Laboratory Support Specialist

Past Members


Bldg. 2, level 3. 3204 - 24


I am a biologist specialized in cell and molecular biology. My main areas of interest are stem cells, cell engineering, and cell differentiation. I studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, majoring in Developmental Biology. In 2018, I joined KAUST as an intern where  I contributed to the description of the Wiskott Aldrich protein in alternative splicing. In 2019, I started as a Research Technician in the Chromatin Biochemistry Lab investigating the individual role of linker histones in hESCs through differentiation and transcriptomic analysis on over 100 generated cell lines of H1 isoforms knockouts. At STEMD Lab, I am  currently supporting studies to understand the effects of X Y chromosome overdosage in patients with Klinefelter or Jacob syndrome using iPSC approaches.

Research Interests

My main interest is in cell differentiation, reprogramming, and epigenetics by applying different OMICS methodologies. She would like to develop more in personalized therapies to later apply her skills toward cell + gene therapies.


KAUST Affiliations

Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

Stem Cells Differentiation Genome Editing Cell reprogramming Genomics transcriptomics Multiomics