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Alex Pollock

Microbiology Graduate Student


  • B.S. University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

Alex graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 with a BS in Microbial Biology and a BA in Molecular and Cell Biology. He is interested in using bacterial pathogenesis as a tool to learn basic biology. He is currently investigating how c-di-AMP is simultaneously recognized by host cells as a PAMP and central for Firmicute pathogenesis.


Phone: 206-616-0675


Pollock AJ*, Zaver SA*, Woodward JJ A STING-based biosensor affords broad cyclic dinucleotide detection within single living eukaryotic cells. Nat Commun. 2020; 11: 3533.

Whiteley AT, Pollock AJ, Portnoy DA. The PAMP c-di-AMP Is Essential for Listeria monocytogenes Growth in Rich but Not Minimal Media due to a Toxic Increase in (p)ppGpp. Cell Host Microbe. 2015 Jun 10;17(6):788-98.

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