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Alexandra M

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


Cancer biology, immunology, biotechnology, venture capital, entrepreneurship, startups

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Going viral: endogenous retroviruses in immunity

Did you know that 8% of our DNA is made up of viral sequences? Endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) are fossilized sequences of past retroviral infections that have become fixed in our genome. This project will explore basic questions around ERV expression and regulation in human health and disease.

It's all about the presentation...

The ability to understand, interpret, and relay complex biology and experimental data to a target audience is invaluable. You will pick a scientific topic or research paper of interest and learn how to put together an effective seminar-style presentation. This project will provide you with the tools, skills, and confidence necessary to give an informative (and memorable!) scientific presentation.

Have a startup idea? Interested in entrepreneurship? Let's pitch!

Do you have an idea, technology, or tool that you would like to see out in the market? Let's build out your startup plan and put together a 10-minute pitch deck!

Coding skills


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