Alex Culver

Visiting Undergraduate Student

Member of the lab: May to August 2024

About me: I am from the South-West suburbs of Chicagoland where I attended high school and developed my keen interests in physics, biology, and chemistry. Now as a 3rd year student at Loyola University Chicago, I study biophysics and conduct research within the biophysics lab on campus. I stay busy by participating in the physics club, APS-IDEA, ACS, water polo club, and much more. Currently, I am spending my 2024 summer in Boston under AAPM’s undergraduate research fellowship at the Bertolet Lab studying the differential effects of alpha and beta particles on tumor vasculature in transarterial radioembolization (TARE).

Research Interests: At Loyola, I work in the biophysics lab under the supervision of Dr. Brian Cannon. My work focuses on the DNA of the AUTS2 gene’s intrinsic properties of hairpin loop configurations that can lead to double-stranded breaks and replication/transcription inhibition resulting in pathological states. Before this position, I studied briefly the Doppler Effect of accelerated systems, and additionally the development of a lab-scale electric field for investigating the potential effects of electric barriers on aquatic invasive invertebrates.

Awards and Honors

  • Mulcahy Research Award (LUC)
  • Father Gerst Memorial Award (LUC)
  • Sigma Pi Sigma (LUC)
  • Dean’s List (LUC)
  • Illinois State Scholar 2022 (LWCHS)
  • Summa Cum Laude (LWCHS)
  • AP Scholar with distinction (LWCHS)


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