Alex is a Microbiology & Immunology PhD student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Her thesis research focuses on host-pathogen interactions during invasive fungal diseases, such as mucormycosis. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Alex worked on a variety of projects related to infectious diseases, including improving adjuvants for vaccine development, engineering antibodies for viral immunotherapy, and studying mechanisms of HIV associated inflammation. Prior to becoming Chair of the Advisory Board for the AWIS Baltimore Chapter, she was President and Vice President of Social Media. As Chair, Alex hopes to continue to be a helpful resource for the AWIS Baltimore Executive Board. Connect with her on Twitter @AlexandraYSoare.