is a biomedical engineer. He wants to understand how cells coordinate their activity inside a tissue. The space in between cells is filled with protein networks and vesicles that unify tissue cells. Each cell is an individual unit, yet can coordinate its function and development in a tissue. Alex wants to understand how extracellular protein networks connect various cell types and guide the transport of cell secreted components. Alex is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Kwanghun Chung lab at MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES).
Alex Albanese was born in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) and converted his germaphobe tendencies into a BSc and MSc in in microbiology and immunology at McGill University. After working in the biotech industry for two years, Alex completed a PhD at the University of Toronto with Warren Chan investigating nanoparticle properties inside tumor environments. In 2014, Alex began his postdoctoral research at MIT where uses cerebral organoids (mini-brains) from patient-derived stem cells to investigate neuron maturation and organization.
Alex 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, Alex helps other scientists promote their work on various science podcasts. To date, Alex 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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