Alejandro (Alex) Chavez, M.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology at Columbia University. He did his M.D., Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, his residency in Clinical Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School) and his postdoctoral studies in the labs of Dr. George M. Church and James. J. Collins at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University.
Alex’s laboratory employs Cas9-based tools for the programmable control of DNA and RNA on genome-wide scales. His lab has generated methods that endow Cas9 with single nucleotide specificity and that enable facile genome modification, activation, or repression, both alone and in any desired combination. To facilitate the adaptation of their tools, his group makes all of their published reagents available by depositing them within Addgene (to date 750+ research groups have requested their reagents), as his group believes the value of their technology is more within the research it enables than in the individual publications they produce.