Assist. Professor Alexis Komor

University of California, USA

Alexis Komor received her B. S. degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in December of 2008. She then joined the lab of Jacqueline K. Barton at the California Institute of Technology for her doctoral studies. While at Caltech, she worked as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow on the design, synthesis, and study of DNA mismatch-binding metal complexes and received her Ph.D. in 2014. She pursued postdoctoral work as a Ruth L. Kirschstein NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of David R. Liu, where she developed base editing, a new genome editing method that enables the introduction of point mutations in genomic DNA via the chemical modification of nucleobases. Alexis joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego in 2017, where her lab develops and applies new precision genome editing techniques to the functional genomics field. Alexis’s contributions in teaching, mentoring, and research have been recognized through many awards, including the Cottrell Scholar Award, the “Talented 12” recognition by C&EN News, an NSF Faculty Early Career Development award, an NIH early stage investigator MIRA, and a “40 under 40” recognition in healthcare by Fortune Magazine.

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