Torres, Jorge Z.

WebsiteHome URL
Systems Biology and Biological Regulation
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Molecular Biology Institute, Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, ACCESS

Contact Information

Young Hall 5072C
(310) 206-2092
Young Hall 5110
(310) 983-3461

Short Biography

Dr. Torres received his B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1998, where he conducted research under the mentorship of Dr. Eduardo Orias. He obtained his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University in 2004 under the direction of Dr. Virginia A. Zakian. He conducted his postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Dr. Peter K. Jackson at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Genentech Inc. until 2009 when he joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA.

Research Interests

The lab's major focus is to understand how multiple mechanisms and enzymatic activities coordinate the formation of the mitotic microtubule spindle during cell division. We are interested in identifying and characterizing novel proteins that are required for proper mitotic spindle assembly. Among these are molecular motors, phosphatases, methyltranferases, and ubiquitin ligases. We use human cell lines and in vitro systems along with a combination of approaches, including biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, chemical biology, and microscopy to determine the mechanism of action of these proteins.



Honors & Awards

  • American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award 2014
  • UCLA Faculty Career Development Award 2013
  • Cottrell Scholar Award, Research Corporation for Science Advancement 2013
  • Herbert Newby McCoy Award - 2012
  • UCLA Faculty Career Developmental Award - 2012
  • Basil O’Connor Award, March of Dimes - 2011
  • V Scholar Award, The V Foundation for Cancer Research - 2010
  • John McTague Career Development Chair - 2009
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Postdoctoral Fellowship - 2005
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, NIH (declined) - 2005
  • Stanford University Cancer Biology Postdoctoral Fellowship - 2004
  • Leadership Alliance/Schering-Plough Fellowship - 2003
  • Princeton University Molecular Biology Teaching Award - 1999
  • Ford Baccalaureate Incentive Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research - 1998
  • UCSB Department of MCDB Graduation Commencement Speaker - 1998


[ Recent Publications ]

Jorge Torres Lab »