Alexis Kaushansky, PhD

Alexis Kaushansky, PhD

Infectious Disease Research

Children's Title: Associate Professor

Academic Title: Affiliate Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Research Center: Center for Global Infectious Disease Research

  • Alexis Kaushansky, PhD, is an associate professor at the Center for Global Infectious Disease Research. She received her BS in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College in 2004, and her PhD from Harvard University in 2010. During her PhD, she trained with Dr. Gavin MacBeath, where she was fortunate to work as part of an interdisciplinary team that included chemists, computer scientists and biologists to develop protein array technology and apply this approach to understanding the molecular changes that occur in cancer. She joined Dr. Stefan Kappe’s group as a postdoctoral fellow in 2010 to use similar technologies to uncover changes that occur in the liver in response to malaria infection. In 2015, she started a lab at the center which is focused on discovering how pathogens, such as malaria, interact with their human host and using this knowledge to eliminate infection. Outside of work, she enjoys running, cooking, traveling and debating current events.


Research Description

The Kaushansky Lab works with the pathogens of infectious diseases like malaria that infect hundreds of millions of people every year. 

Research Focus Area

Drug Resistance, Global Health, Host-Pathogen Interaction, Immunology, Infectious Disease, Malaria, Systems Biology