Shana Alexander

Shana Alexander

PhD candidate

University of Toronto

Shana is a Direct-Entry PhD student at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include DNA nanotechnology, cancer immunotherapies, and molecular engineering.

Prior to becoming a member of Dr. Chou’s lab in BME, Shana completed her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering with a specialization in Biochemical Engineering at Western University. She completed her undergraduate thesis with Dr. Arghya Paul and then continued into a summer research project in the same lab supported by an Engineering Research Award, the Dean’s Award. Here, she developed surface-patterned, biocompatible hydrogels as drug delivery scaffolds for diabetic wound healing. During her time at Western, Shana was also a varsity athlete for the Western Women’s Hockey team, where she earned an OUA Gold Medal and a Silver Medal at the National Championships in 2018.

When Shana’s not attempting to understand the complexies of our immune system, she loves staying active, reading, and exploring her new city.

  • DNA nanotechnology
  • Cancer immunotherapy
  • Molecular engineering
  • BESc Chemical Engineering, 2021

    Western University