Alexander graduated from Harvard in Chemistry and Physics and earned an M.Phil in Computational Biology and Diploma in Greek from the University of Cambridge. He has a Ph.D. in Computational and Mathematical Engineering from Stanford, where he teaches machine learning and data science. Prior to Stanford, he worked in superconducting and quantum computing at Northrop Grumman. As a current research fellow in the Stanford School of Medicine (Department of Biomedical Data Science), his work focuses on applying computational methods to problems in genomics and population genetics.
I work on novel algorithm design (particularly ancestry related) for several large-scale genomic studies that aim at understanding genetic causes of disease.
I also focus on projects at the intersection of history and population genetics, including work with native communities. As the grandson of Cappadocians expelled from their native land, I try to engage with the complex sentiments of displaced indigenous peoples in these projects. Pain over the disruption of community heritage and over dispossession from traditional sites often remains raw. If engagement with descendant communities is lacking, research into our past can often feel like a continuation, even a legitimation, of dispossession. Combined alongside a dialogue with native communities, however, genetics can play a small role in helping to reclaim ancestral stories and dispersed ancestral connections. I hope our work in this area plays a constructive role in that process.
As written by the poet Rumi in the language of the Cappadocians (Rûm),
پیمی تیِ پَاثیِسْ پیمی تی خاسِس
“Tell me what happened to you, tell me what you have lost.”
[Rumi; Konya ms 67; translit. πε με τι έπαθες, πε με τι έχασες]
Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, CME-PHD (2018)
Master of Science, Stanford University, MGTSC-MS (2018)
Master of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, Computational Biology (2005)
Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University, Chemistry and Physics (2003)
Reconstructing admixture and migration dynamics of post-contact Mexico
WILEY. 2018: 228
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- Integrated Power Divider for Superconducting Digital Circuits IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON APPLIED SUPERCONDUCTIVITY 2011; 21 (3): 571–74
- Ultra-low-power superconductor logic JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS 2011; 109 (10)
- Digital circuits using self-shunted Nb/NbxSi1-x/Nb Josephson junctions APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 2010; 96 (21)