Alexandra Perebikovsky is pursuing her Ph.D. in Physics at the University of California, Irvine, where she heads the CD microfluidics team in Professor Marc Madou’s BioMEMS laboratory. She has worked with Professor Madou for the last four years as an undergraduate researcher where she developed complex 'lab-on-a-disc' assays, with a particular interest in bringing point-of-care systems to remote, resource poor environments. In her research, Alexandra worked under an NIH grant to develop a full fluidic solution for genetic testing on a microfluidic disc, invented a new liquid reagent storage method, and helped build a portable spinstand that brings electricity and temperature control to CD microfluidic devices.
In the last two years, Alexandra has also become interested in using special, carbon based MEMS devices to interface with biological systems, leading a project to culture and stimulate stem cells grown on carbon electrodes. She has coauthored several peer reviewed papers and has a patent application in the area of CD microfluidics.
When not in the lab, Alexandra tries to spend as much time outdoors as possible, going sailing, biking, or backpacking. A fun fact about Alexandra: she likes to combine cooking with science and makes liquid nitrogen ice cream for international visitors in the lab.