Alexander earned a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with Honors at Michigan State University in 2015. During his time at Michigan State, he worked in a diverse set of labs exploring his research interests. After participating in the NSF S-STEM Scholar program through Lyman Briggs College, he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Linda S. Mansfield studying how the gastrointestinal microbiome may increase susceptibility to disease after Campylobacter jejuni infection. After graduating from Michigan State, he helped as senior lab technician to establish a newly independent research lab studying the cell biology of intraepithelial lymphocytes within the gastrointestinal tract using advanced microscopy techniques. He joined the University of Michigan in 2018 for his graduate studies in Immunology and plans to also obtain a Masters in Bioinformatics, concurrently with his PhD.
Outside of the lab, Alexander is a multimedia artist with acrylics as his primary medium. He often combines scientific iconography with portraiture in his work. He is also an avid foodie who loves cooking various cuisines and baking in his spare time.