Alex Tannenbaum

Assistant Research Specialist



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Within the Vereide group, I’ve had several main focuses. Notably, I have focused on the processes of gastrulation and organogenesis in the developing chick embryo. Using techniques such as RNA-seq, Wavecrest, and qPCR, I studied how cell location in the primitive streak predicts gene expression and cell differentiation.

In addition to working with chick embryos, I have also studied human arterial precursor cells and their differing proclivity to undergo endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition. Currently, I investigate selective inhibition of arterial mesenchymal cells. My group and I seek to develop drug therapies designed to address heart disease associated EndoMT.


B.S. in Neurobiology, 2018, University of Wisconsin-Madison.


  • A.Z. Miller, A. Satchie, A.P. Tannenbaum, A.Nihal, J.A. Thomson, D.T. Vereide. Expandable arterial endothelial precursors from human CD34(+) cells differ in their proclivity to undergo an endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition. Stem Cell Rep., 10 (2018), pp. 73-86.
  • K.L. Vermillion, R. Bacher, A.P. Tannenbaum, S. Swanson, P. Jiang, L.F. Chu, R. Stewart, J.A. Thomson, D.T. Vereide. Spatial patterns of gene expression are unveiled in the chick primitive streak by ordering single-cell transcriptomes. Dev Biol., 439 (2018), pp. 30-41.