Alexander Ploss held faculty appointments at the Rockefeller University in New York City before moving his lab to Princeton University where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology. He is also a Faculty Affiliate in the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and a member of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Dr. Ploss’ research focuses on systematically identifying barriers preventing transmission of human hepatotropic pathogens, such as hepatitis viruses and parasites causing malaria to non-human primate species. His group combines tissue and animal engineering and molecular virology/pathogenesis to create and apply innovative technologies including humanized mouse models for the study and intervention of human hepatotropic infections.
In support and recognition of his work he received a Kimberly Lawrence Cancer Research Discovery Fund Award, an Astella's Young Investigator Award from the Infectious Diseases Society of America, a Liver Scholar Award of the American Liver Foundation, the Merck Irving Sigal Memorial Award from the American Society of Microbiology, the Löffler-Frosch Prize from the German Society of Virology, the Young Investigator Award from the Theobald Smith Society, the Research Scholar Award from the American Cancer Society, and an Investigator in Pathogenesis Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. B.S and M.S., University of Tübingen, Germany; Ph.D., Cornell University.