Alex Ferris

Hertz Fellow: Alex Ferris
School

Stanford University

Area of Study

Bioengineering

Fellowship Years

2017 - present

Alex Ferris is a bioengineering PhD student at Stanford University. Their broad interest is using synthetic biology to design and model genetic circuits. Their current research is developing a high throughput platform for implementing small molecule biosynthesis pathways in plants by creating new genetic parts and bioinformatics tools.

As an undergraduate at Wellesley College, Alex worked in Timothy Lu’s laboratory at MIT using recombinase to develop genetic tools for efficiently programming and recording order dependent signals detected by cells. Their work led to novel insights about recombinase kinetics and behavior and applied this to creating devices for recording analogue signals.

Outside of bioengineering, Alex enjoys playing banjo and doing tech for community theater. Alex is from Raleigh, North Carolina.