Margaret Alexander

Position title: Assistant Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology


Phone: 608-265-5200

6305 Microbial Sciences Building

Maggie attended Carleton College for her undergraduate degree in Biology before transitioning to the University of Utah for her PhD in the lab of Dr. Ryan O’Connell studying immune cell communication.

Her postdoctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco, with Dr. Peter Turnbaugh, focused on understanding how autoimmune-related microbiota members influence immune responses in autoimmunity.

Dr. Alexander’s current research is focused on understanding the mechanistic interactions between diet, the microbiota, and immune responses and the functional consequences of these interactions for autoimmunity. For her research, she has been awarded T32, F32, and K99/R00 fellowships.

Beyond the lab, Maggie enjoys swimming, water polo, composing haikus, and amateur pottery.

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