Alexis Kaushansky, an assistant professor at the Center for Infectious Disease Research, will present “New Approaches to Studying the Molecular Battle Between Parasite and Host” on Wednesday, May 3, at 4 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center Theater. Her talk is part of the Engineering-driven Medicine Lecture Series jointly organized by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Global Health Institute.
Kaushansky is a research biologist, but her experience in engineering and social justice issues has made her a scientist who looks at social and economic constraints as a path to creativity. She received her BS in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College in 2004 and her PhD from Harvard University in 2010. While at Harvard, she was part of an interdisciplinary team that included chemists, computer scientists and biologists to develop protein array technology and apply this approach to understanding the molecular changes that occur in cancer. In 2010 she became a postdoctoral fellow and studied similar technologies to uncover changes that occur in the liver in response to malaria infection. In 2015 she started the Kaushansky Lab at the Center, which focuses on discovering how pathogens interact with their human host, attempting to eliminate infection.
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