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Alexander Ivanov

Illuminating proteins in living systems

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, College of Science

Professor Ivanov develops technologies to illuminate the interactions of proteins in living systems, and to study the proteomes of scarce biological and clinical specimens. He works on miniaturization of sample processing and analysis platforms to enhance the sensitivity in molecular profiling of tiny tissue sections, individual cells, and subcellular structures. 

With colleagues at Beth-Israel Deaconess Hospital and the National Cancer Institute, Ivanov is casting light on the workings of extracellular vesicles, nanoscale particles that ferry cell components and messages between cells and play key roles in immune processes and disease. Learning how these extracellular vesicles function could help researchers better understand pathological conditions like cancer. 

Ivanov earned his doctorate in bioorganic chemistry fromShemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow.