Alexa Heaton

Alexa Heaton

Assistant Scientist



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I am an Assistant Scientist studying immune cell metabolism and its role in understanding cancer therapy under the direction of Dr. Melissa Skala (Morgridge Institute for Research). This work involves optical metabolic imaging in the Skala Lab as well in vivo murine cancer treatment via immunotherapy with Dr. Paul Sondel (Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research). Ultimately, we aim to translate this work to improve cancer therapy in patients.


Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, 2019, University of Wisconsin–Madison
M.S. Organic Chemistry, 2016, University of Wisconsin–Madison
B.S. Chemistry, 2014, University of Michigan-Flint