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Alessandra Luchini

Research Assistant Professor

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Expertise: applied proteomics, molecular research

She's been named one of the brightest young minds in the United States by Popular Science magazine. Alessandra Luchini researches nanoscience, the highly complex study of nanoparticles. Her work has been called groundbreaking by television media.

The 34-year-old researcher says growing up in Italy, she never dreamed of being a scientist, though she admits she was an atypical child.

The Italian native is advancing the early detection of Lyme disease, tuberculosis and cancer.She hopes her work will pick up signs of disease, early enough to treat patients as quickly as possible.

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