Alex Lim

Alex Lim has a B.S. in Biological Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also has three years of research experience supporting researchers in the Koch Institute of Integrated Cancer Research and the MIT Synthetic Biology Center. He has also been involved with the construction project of a controlled-environment agriculture device—a Personal Food Computer, which he coordinated between the MIT BioMakers Group and MIT Media Lab.

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What‘s Keeping Lake Erie Green? Part I: Agricultural Land Use in the Maumee River Watershed

Despite rather quiet media attention over the last six years, Lake Erie’s algae problem hasn’t improved since Toledo’s 2014 nationally-known water crisis; each summer, the water is as green...

Can We Be Re-infected with COVID-19? Answers from Immune System Experts

Recently, reported cases of “re-infection”—people testing positive only months after a previous instance of COVID-19—have led to worries about how our immune system responds to COVID-19. We speak with Dr. Akiko Iwasaki, a professor of immunobiology from Yale School of Medicine, and Dr. Sydney Ramirez, a researcher at La Jolla Institute for Immunology, about our immune response and immunity to COVID-19.

The Science Behind Wearing Masks: Answers From an Infectious Disease Expert

As COVID-19 cases rise across the nation, masks (and requiring citizens to wear them) have become a major point of contention. We speak with Dr. Jeffrey Shaman, a professor of environmental health sciences and an infectious disease modeler at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, about the use of masks and other ways to slow and prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

How Dangerous are Crowd-control Weapons? Answers from an Expert

In recent weeks, the use of crowd-control weapons (CCWs) on protestors has raised tensions and questions on the ethics of non-lethal weapons. We speak with Dr. Michele Heisler, MD, MPA, the medical director at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and professor of internal medicine and public health at the University of Michigan, about crowd-control weapons and the consequences of their use.

How Does Contact Tracing Work? Answers from a Stanford Epidemiologist

As states continue to reopen, administrations are using contact tracers to track down and control the spread of COVID-19. We speak with Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, an infectious disease epidemiologist and professor of public health at Stanford University, about contact tracing, stopping the spread of the virus and reopening.

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