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Research interests

A large fraction of proteins and protein regions are classified as "intrinsically disordered". These regions have historically been hard to study, but play key roles in a wide variety of cellular functions. Furthermore, these regions are strongly implicated in many diseases. In the Holehouse lab, we integrate a range of computational approaches (simulations, bioinformatics, systems biology) with experimental data to uncover how intrinsically disordered regions mediate cellular function, with a particular interest in biological phase separation. 

Mentoring

A major goal of our group is to create an environment that is safe and supportive for lab members from all communities and backgrounds. Diversity in experience, perspective, and culture is a major asset and one that can only be realized through an inclusive environment that promotes and supports the success of scientists from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This support extends beyond our physical lab space to all members of the broader scientific community, and trainees from groups underrepresented in STEM should feel welcome to contact Alex or another member of the lab for support and advice.

Available to Mentor:

  • PhD/MSTP Students
  • Postdocs

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