Tutor of: Biology E/M, Chemistry, MCAT; AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Academic Medicine, Academic Science
Alex graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Neuroscience and Biochemistry and then continued his studies by earning a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard University. Throughout his academic career Alex has been recognized for excellence: he earned the Stuart and Victoria Quan Fellowship, the Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford, and the Nancy Robell Memorial Endowed Prize, and he was inducted into the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. Alex has developed a deep understanding about how the brain works at the interface of chemistry and physics. Through exploring the expanse of neurobiology, he has come to appreciate the role of clear communication and conceptual understanding across scientific disciplines. Alex believes that learning and teaching science isn't about memorizing a laundry list of details—it's about placing important scientific observations in the context of meaningful concepts. With that in mind, he strives to organize the complexity of science to provide a meaningful understanding of the physical and biological world. In his spare time, Alex volunteers for the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Fair and contributes to the Madsci Network, an online purveyor of scientific information.