Alex completed his PhD in biology at UPenn, working in Dustin Brisson’s lab where he studied the population genetics of Trypanosoma cruzi in Peru. He joined us as a postdoc in August of 2018, and immediately began working on microbiome projects. He was the first to show that natural parasite infections are a dominant factor in shaping microbiome structure in humans and animals (preprint here), and he continues to advance microbiome projects that leverage veterinary animal models. In addition, Alex has played a key role in supporting and developing our transcriptomics course, and is currently writing up a manuscript that outlines a model for how this class could be broadly utilized for teaching transcriptomics to parasitology and immunology researchers in the US as well as in in lower- and middle-income countries.
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