Alex researches interesting ways to fight cancer as part of his Biochemistry PhD at the University of Bath. He uses computational algorithms and lab work to design synthetic proteins for this. He thinks that it’s pretty neat.
When he’s not doing that, he uses hip-hop to fight off impostor syndrome and peer into the sheer insanity that is science. Whether it’s winning FameLab UK with epilepsy research broken down into verse, rapping about cancer cells or freestyling on his ability as a scientist – he tries to make science easily digestible in ways that very few have tried.
After being told that the “16-35 BME audience aren’t into science”, he’s become focused on showcasing the diversity of science. Two BME-fronted Science Showoff gigs later, he set up the Minorities in STEM network and hosts The Large Stand-Up Collider – a science comedy event at the Science Museum’s 18+-only Lates Night.
He’s also had the inner workings of his explored by Professor Sophie Scott for the Royal Society, making him one of the few rappers to rhyme in a MRI machine. He found the process “academically fascinating but existentially disturbing”.
He’s been described by Dr Steve Cross as “the UK’s best scientist turned rapper” (by virtue of being the only).
Before research, he worked in TV on programmes like Horizon and creating explosive online content for the BBC. He’s also absurdly knowledgeable about the science of cooking.
Next Large Stand-Up Collider: August 30th