Alexandria Smart earned her BSc in Biochemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). She then stayed at UCSC to pursue a PhD in Chemistry under the supervision of Dr Harry Noller. Her thesis work consisted of studying the role of highly conserved 16S ribosomal RNA in supporting the translational reading frame in protein synthesis.
Alexandria just joined HIRI as a postdoc. In the Caliskan lab, she will be researching ribosomal reading frame maintenance and the relevance of frameshifting during infections.
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