Alexis graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in Spring 2020 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. During her undergraduate career, she worked in the lab of Dr. Masahiro Shuda primarily studying the mechanism in which Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV)-associated human Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) can revert to an untransformed state and acquire a differentiated neuron-like phenotype through the viral activation of Sox2. Additionally, in 2019 she participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship- Graduation Education program at the University of Cincinnati in the lab of Dr. Jun-Lin Guan studying the role of autophagy in breast cancer.
Alexis joined the University of Michigan in 2020 as a rotating graduate student in the Program for Biomedical Sciences (PIBS). She will be completing her thesis work in the lab of Professor Goutham Narla at the Rogel Cancer Center.
Outside of the lab, Alexis enjoys running, volunteering, and binge-watching tv!