Alex is the Head of Cellular Operations at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. In this role she leads a team of 55 scientists covering a broad range of scientific areas including flow cytometry, CRISPR genome editing, stem cells, high content imaging and organoid derivation. Collectively, the team provide cell biology expertise to help deliver some of the institutes largest and most ambitious projects.
Alex has a background in cell and molecular biology, in particular the development of cell lines and assays for large scale or high throughput science. She completed a Post doc on prion-based neurological disorders at the University of Bath in 2006 before joining Pfizer to work in cell line and assay development for a variety of early stage drug discovery projects. In 2012, Alex move to the Sanger to take up a senior role in the newly formed Cellular Generation and Phenotyping (CGaP) core facility, where she went onto become the facility head in 2015. In 2017, Alex moved into her current role as Head of Cellular Operations.