Juston Jaco

Juston Jaco

Biomedical Sciences
Research Description

Juston Jaco is a second-year PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences Program at UCSD. He is currently researching proactive and progressive solutions that go beyond pharmacy and surgery in the lab of Ajit Varki, MD. Juston is studying how a single molecular change in one dietary sialic acid can lead to systemic inflammation involved in colorectal cancer and cardiovascular disease. His academic career began at the University of Michigan, where he graduated with Highest Honors in Environmental Science. Juston is passionate about the intersection between the environment and nutrition and its impact on human and planetary health. Believing in the concept of “food as medicine”, Juston applies his diverse knowledge and interdisciplinary approach to the Interfaces program.