EPISODE 1: Understanding how our immune system works

In this first episode, Jennifer Baker talks to Dr Aleksandra Walczak, physicist and research director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Aleksandra works on understanding how the adapted immune system functions and since the beginning of the pandemic her research under the EU-funded biophysics project ‘Struggle Basic Science’ is discovering new insights into how and why we react differently to the novel coronavirus. 


Dr Aleksandra Walczak received her PhD in physics at the University of California, San Diego, working on models of stochastic gene expression. After a graduate fellowship at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP), she was a Princeton Center for Theoretical Science Fellow, focusing on applying information theory to signal processing in small gene regulatory networks. She was awarded the ‘Grand Prix Jacques Herbrand de l’Académie des sciences’ in 2014 and the bronze medal of CNRS in 2015.


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