Alex received his B.S. in Information Technology and Web Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is currently a 6th-year student in the MD/PhD Program at the University of Connecticut (UConn) where he is pursuing his Ph.D. in the Department of Immunology in the laboratory of Drs. Roger S. Thrall and Craig M. Schramm. At UConn, Alex has held multiple student leadership roles, including service as Treasurer of Medical and Dental Student Government and as a member of the organizing committee for the annual UConn Physician-Scientist Career Development Colloquium. Nationally, Alex has been a member of the leadership team of the American Physician Scientists Association, the national association of physician-scientist trainees, since 2011 including as Vice-Chair of the Public Relations Committee and Chair of the Technology Committee. He is currently President-Elect of APSA.
Alex’s Ph.D. thesis explores the influence of the microbiome on the development and pathophysiology of asthma and is supported by a National Research Service Award (NRSA) F30 Fellowship from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Abundant evidence indicates that there is a relationship between early-life disturbance of the microbiome, such as through antibiotic exposure, and increased tendency to develop asthma and other allergic diseases later in life. Alex’s research specifically focuses on how disruption of the host gut and lung microbiomes in an animal model of asthma impacts regulatory elements of the immune system such as regulatory T cells and regulatory B cells.