Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
6160 Biomedical Physical Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Alexander Aaring is a third-year PhD student working in the Dufour Lab. In his work with the Dufour lab he uses agent based modeling, microfluidic devices, and single-cell tracking microscopy to investigate how the soil bacterium Azospirillum brasilense navigates through complex physical and chemical space. Alexander earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biological Chemistry from Grinnell College where he engineered Caulobacter crescentus to secrete biofilm degrading enzymes as part of an iGEM project, then sequenced a small non-coding RNA from Acinetobacter baylyi involved in DNA damage response. He then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on isolation and physiological characterization of bacteria from contaminated sediment and groundwater samples with a focus on interactions between closely related strains of Pseudomonas fluorescens. When he's not in the lab, Alexander enjoys DM-ing and organizing graduate assistant labor.