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Mikayla Ortega

Program Manager

As Biocom California Institute (BCI) Program Manager, Mikayla is responsible for overseeing the development, management, and implementation of various STEAM and biotechnology K-12 Education Programs that are developed along with our partner companies. Mikayla also supports other programming through curriculum development and administrative responsibilities while managing the BCI Laboratory.

Prior to joining Biocom California Institute, Mikayla was a researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, studying coral cell physiology, while working as an Adjunct Professor at multiple community colleges in San Diego, teaching collegiate lecture and laboratory courses in Biology, Physiology, and Oceanography.  She holds a Master of Science degree in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from San Diego State University.

Personal Interests:

  • Outdoor adventuring with my dogs
  • All beach-related activities
  • Reading