is a biomedical engineer. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Kwanghun Chung lab at MIT’s Picower Institute and the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES). He is currently coaxing stem cells into becoming mini-brains. Alexandre then vascularizes and 3D images these mini-brains to study cell behavior and interactions during human brain development.
Ultimately, Alexandre wants to understand how cells coordinate their activity inside a tissue. Each cell must coordinate its growth, proliferation, and development in a tissue. The space in between cells is filled with an ecosystem of protein networks and vesicles that unify tissue cells. Alexandre wants to understand how nanoscale interactions in this extracellular realm contribute to the synchronization of cells.
Alexandre 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, Alexandre began his postdoctoral research at MIT where uses cerebral organoids (mini-brains) 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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