is a biomedical engineer currently working as a research scientist in Kwanghun Chung lab at MIT’s Picower Institute and the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES). He is currently growing mini-brains (organoids) from patient-derived stem cells. Alexandre has developed a pipeline called SCOUT where organoids are made completely transparent, tagged with fluorescent markers, 3D imaged and analyzed. SCOUT provides comprehensive analysis of cells, patterning and whole-organoid properties in various disease models. Moving forward, Alexandre wants to contribute towards the development of next-gen therapeutic and diagnostic technologies.
Alexandre was born in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) where he converted his germophobe tendencies into a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Microbiology & Immunology at McGill University. After two years in the biotech industry, he completed his PhD at the University of Toronto with Warren Chan investigating nanoparticle-cancer cell interactions. In 2014, Alexandre began his postdoctoral research at MIT where uses cerebral organoids from patient-derived stem cells to investigate neuron maturation and organization.
Alexandre places great importance in science communication and public outreach. His work has been featured in the Koch Institute’s Art Gallery. In his spare time, Alexandre helps other scientists promote their work on various science podcasts. To date, Alexandre has produced podcasts at the University of Toronto (Focal Point) and at MIT (GLiMPSE) where scientists are interviewed about their journey, work, and outlook.
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