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Alessandro Esposito
MRC Cancer Unit
University of Cambridge

Dr Alessandro Esposito obtained a PhD in Biophysics in 2006 working at the University of Utrecht and the European Neuroscience Institute in Goettingen for which he was awarded the ‘Sergio Ciani’ award by the Italian Society of Pure and Applied Biophysics. At the University of Cambridge, he then applied quantitative imaging techniques contributing to define better models of red blood cells homeostasis infected by P. falciparum (malaria). In 2009, Alessandro was awarded a Life Science Interface fellowship by the EPSRC to establish foster the development of biochemical multiplexing imaging. Since then, he has refocused his research on cancer biology leading a transdisciplinary research programme at the MRC Cancer Unit in Cambridge. While breaking new ground in live single-cell biochemistry, Alessandro is depicting a fresh perspective on cellular decisions in response to stress by investigating the roles of genetic and non-genetic heterogeneity, and cell-to-cell communication, in cell fate choices during carcinogenesis.