Alexander Patananan

Biochemist/Molecular Biologist
Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California at Los Angeles, 2014

DR. ALEXANDER PATANANAN is a native Californian. He attended UCLA for his Bachelors of Science degree and majored in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. At UCLA, Alexander conducted drosophila genetics research under the guidance of Drs. Utpal Banerjee and John M. Olson. After graduating in 2008, he was accepted into the doctoral studies program in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at UCLA, and joined the Dr. Steven Clarke laboratory in the spring of 2009. Alexander’s thesis uses several model organisms, including the pathogenic fungus Aspergillus nidulans, the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the worm Caenorhabditis elegans, and mice, to discover and characterize novel regulatory, repair, and biosynthetic enzymatic functions. Alexander obtained his Ph.D in 2014 and is a postdoctoral fellow in the Dr. Michael Teitell laboratory at UCLA.

Alexander served as an Associate Editor, Research Editor, Senior Research Editor, and Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Young Investigators between July 2006 and June 2010.

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