Alexander John Flowers
|SMDP Scholar 2010|
|University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill|
|6 years ago|
|8 years ago|
|Alex is a Chicago native and graduated from Saint Xavier University (SXU) in 2004 with a B.S in Biology and minor in Chemistry. During the summers of 2001-2005, Alex engaged in health disparities and biomedical research at several prestigious enrichment programs. At Northwestern University, he synthesized peptide sensors to detect Pb (II) and performed computer simulations to study sorption properties of volatile organic chemicals, such as TCE and PCE in Zeolite ZSM-5.
His summer research experiences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) strengthened his determination to become a clinical researcher and practicing pharmacist. Alex was selected to work at UTHSC, as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, where he synthesized potential reversible calpain inhibitors. He also studied health disparities and health policy. While at SXU, Alex founded a chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars with his wife, Qisoundra Flowers.
After graduation, Alex participated in the University of Nebraska Ronald E. McNair Scholars program, where he worked on the function of Msh1 influence on mitochondrial DNA rearrangements. After graduation, Alex participated in the Post-Baccalaureate Research Scholars Program at the University of Chicago. He studied bacteriophage N4-host interactions and became intrigued by infectious disease research. ORISE awarded Alex a Research Fellowship at the U.S EPA Chicago Regional Laboratory to work with scientist developing methods for rapid detection and quantification of pharmaceuticals in drinking water.
Alex was accepted into the M.S in Biotechnology & Chemical Sciences Department at Roosevelt University with a Provost Graduate Scholarship. Currently, Alex is a research assistant in at North Shore Health Systems Research Institute, Behavior Genetics Unit. Alex is working to elucidate the role of genetics in determining sexual orientation. In addition, Alex has served as a student physician and pharmacy volunteer shadowing and observing doctors and retail pharmacists at the Community Health Clinic. He was the first student to establish a second chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at Roosevelt University, as Founding Society president, and is a member of the NSCS National Office Alumni Advisory Board. Alex will participate in the 2010 Minority Health & Health Disparities International Research Training Program at the University of Cambridge-England. He will perform whole genome RNAi screens in cultured Drosophila cells to identify regulatory proteins, and then study the roles of their human counterparts in normal and tumor cells. His goal is to earn his PharmD/PhD in pharmacogenomics, become an oncologist/infectious disease research pharmacist and minister.
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