Alex is a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He studied biology at the Justus Liebig University Giessen in Germany. During his B.Sc and M.Sc studies he focused on airway epithelial ion transport mechanisms. After that he joined the working group of Wolfgang Kummer, the department of anatomy and cell biology at the JLU for his PhD project in which he investigated the role of rare cell types in the airways focusing on so called Brush or Tuft cells. Alex joined the Bankova lab in February 2023 his main research interests are rare epithelial cell types in the upper airways of mice and humans, how this cell can be activated and what are the consequences of that. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his dog, goes to concerts and explores the American way of life.