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Alexander Sakers

Alexander Sakers PhD

9th Year MD-PhD Candidate, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Alexander Sakers attended Tufts University and graduated in 2013 with BS in Biochemistry. He is currently a final-year MD/PhD student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his PhD in 2019 in Cell and Molecular Biology in the lab of Patrick Seale. His research examined the developmental origins of adipocytes in white and brown fat tissue, which has implications for understanding how fat tissue expands in adaptive or maladaptive ways during chronic overnutrition and obesity. Looking forward, he plans to pursue a career as a physician-scientist, integrating clinical practice with scientific investigation. He hopes to specialize in Cardiology and run a laboratory that examines key unanswered questions relevant to cardiometabolic disease, especially in the fields of lipid metabolism, atherosclerosis, and insulin resistance.