Alex hails from Sydney, Australia, where he gained his PhD studying how immune cells like macrophages and eosinophils regulate inflammation and metabolism. Following his graduate studies, Alex moved to the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, to investigate immune cells that secrete acetylcholine to regulate adipose and liver function. Now, in the labs of Drs. Maerz and Hankenson, he aims to better understand the intricate crosstalk that takes place between different cell types residing in the joint microenvironment, with a particular focus on the role of R-spondin 2, a Wnt signaling agonist. For leisure, Alex enjoys outdoor pursuits like sports, hiking, camping and birdwatching, while also being an avid history and wildlife enthusiast.