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Alex Najibi

PhD Candidate
Harvard University

Research

My PhD research explores biomaterials for immune modulation in cancer therapy and tissue engineering.

Cryogel vaccines

Cryogel vaccines

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Chemo-treated tumor

Chemo-treated tumor

Skeletal muscle

Skeletal muscle

Cryogel vaccine

Cryogel vaccine

Research Experience

2016-present

PhD Candidate
David Mooney Laboratory for Cell and Tissue Engineering, Harvard University

2014-2016

Investigating biomaterials for immune modulation in cancer therapy and tissue engineering. Coordinating several projects with collaborating institutions.

Undergraduate researcher
Kevin Healy Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Laboratory, UC Berkeley

Developed a microfluidic device for point-of-care CD4+ T cell enumeration and HIV monitoring. Led device-testing team and worked in cell culture, device fabrication, and chemical surface modification.

2013

Undergraduate researcher
Luke Lee BioPOETS Laboratory, UC Berkeley

2011

Pursued two projects: a microfluidic device for cancer diagnosis, and a novel photocatalytic mechanism for bacterial lysis for water purification.

High school researcher
The Harker School

Examined properties of subatomic W and Z boson decays and products and used C++ code to analyze data from the Large Hadron Collider with professor from University of Wisconsin and CERN.

Writing

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Racial Discrimination in Face Recognition Technology

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Accelerating Cancer Immunotherapy Research (ACIR)

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Academia has everything to lose in this election. (Op ed)

I am an inspired PhD (defended 04/22) studying biomaterial vaccines for cancer immunotherapy. I am strongly motivated to pursue translational research that can benefit human health.