Courtney Benson, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Courtney has her B.S. and M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology, both earned at San Diego State University where she studied microbial diversity in steam vent sublimates, and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University at Buffalo. During her graduate work she studied the neurodevelopment of schizophrenia using 2D and 3D models, which included induced pluripotent stem cells, human embryonic stem cells, immortalized cell lines and cerebral organoids. Some of the techniques used included CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, cell differentiation (2D and 3D), and protein methods.

Courtney has served as Research Assistant I at the Scripps Research Institute, where she managed a large neurodevelopmental lab.  She has also worked at UC San Diego in an endocrinology lab where she managed the lab, studied hormone signaling, and collaborated on multiple projects. 

Courtney currently serves as President of the Association for Women in Science San Diego (AWIS-SD) and is enthusiastic about outreach in the community. She has also been an independent contract editor for American Journal Experts, where she edits scientific content to be submitted for peer review and publication, grant proposals and other scientific-related writings, editing over 350 documents.  Courtney is excited to help generate food products at BlueNalu, that will be delicious for our consumers and sustainable for our oceans.