President: Alex Rutkovsky, PhD, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine
Dr. Alex Rutkovsky obtained a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Appalachian State University (ASU) in Boone, NC, where she began research under the mentorship of Dr. Claudia Cartaya-Marin and Dr. Ece Karatan. Following, she completed a master’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at ASU where she applied genetic and biochemistry techniques, including gene deletion, mutation and expression, to characterize polyamine transport and biofilm formation in V. cholerae, resulting in the identification of the first norspermidine transporter. She then earned her doctorate in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC under the direction of Dr. Stephen Ethier and Dr. Robin Muise-Helmericks. Her dissertation studied targeted interventions to treat breast cancer, with a focus on genomic instability and functional genomics. Dr. Rutkovsky is currently mentored by Drs. Mitzi and Prakash Nagarkatti at the UofSC School of Medicine, and has diverse research interests related to immunology, biodefense, and complementary and alternative medicine.