Alex Esparza-Franco obtained a BSc in Biology from UANL, Mexico in 2008, followed by an MSc in Molecular Genetics from the University of Leicester in 2009. He then went on to complete an MSc + PhD programme in Systems Biology at the University of Warwick.
During his PhD, he developed a mathematical model that explained how the feedback loop structures of gene regulatory networks can control the decision-making process during cell fate determination, using as a model the mating response of the fission yeast S. pombe. This included developing novel assays for absolute quantification of the intracellular concentrations of target proteins, and advanced mathematical analyses to elucidate the interplay between model components.
Alex joined Micropathology in 2016 as a postdoctoral scientist where he will be involved in the company’s molecular diagnostic work and in assay validation.