Alexis Kaushansky is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Infectious Disease Research.
Alexis received her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College in 2004, and her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010. During her Ph.D., she trained with Gavin MacBeath, where she was fortunate to work as 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. She joined Stefan Kappe’s group as a postdoctoral fellow in 2010 to use similar technologies to uncover changes that occur in the liver in response to malaria infection. In 2015, she started a lab at the Center which is focused on discovering how pathogens, such as malaria, interact with their human host and using this knowledge to eliminate the infection. Outside of work, Alexis enjoys running, cooking, traveling and debating current events.
Alexis is a research biologist, but her experience in engineering school and social justice issues has made her a scientist who looks at social and economic constraints as a path to creativity.