Alumni Participant
Major: Neuroscience, Biochemistry


Biography 1

Vince A. Alessi was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he attended the University of Michigan part-time during high school. During that time, he applied for his first patent and started and ran a small company which purchased, repaired, and sold analytical and biotechnological instruments and equipment. He is a dedicated scientist, with research experience at the University of Michigan's Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience, and The Molecular Behavioral Neurogenetics Institute; Oberlin College's Neuroscience Department; and the Rockefeller University Neuroendocrinology Lab, during which time he was a guest in the Portrait of the Scientist series. He has presented his work at the World Congress on Healthcare Innovation and at an annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, and has also coauthored a chapter of the 2007 edition of the book Psychiatric Clinics of North America. He is currently on Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored undergraduate research fellowship at Oak Ridge National Lab, where he is working to develop mechanisms for microbiome-based uranium enrichment, assisting in the engineering of microorganisms for the production of bio energy, and exploring his concept for synthetic symbiosis. His entrepreneurial interest lies in the conception and realization of transformative tools and systems. His three primary projects are an innovative histological device, a Networked Utility Dynamic Demand Energy Management system (NU-DDEMsys), and a laminar flow micro-capillary cooling system for tera-byte scale electronics. At Oberlin, he tutors for the Biology Department, and plans to graduate with majors in both Biochemistry and Neuroscience in Spring of 2011. He enjoys playing and listening to music, writing, working in his art studio, and spending time with interesting people.

Biography 2

Vincent A. Alessi; Spent the 2010 academic year as a DOE visiting undergraduate research fellow at Oak Ridge National Labs, and will spend this summer as an invited Proctor Fellow at Harvard Medical School before returning to Oberlin and graduating in 2011 with majors in biochemistry and neuroscience. During college Vince has been a summer research fellow at Rockefeller University where he was a guest in the Portrait of the Scientist series, a graduate-level intern in the technology commercialization TechStart program at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, a researcher with Jan Thornton of the Oberlin Neuroscience department, a tutor in the Biology department, and has coauthored a chapter of the 2007 edition of the book Psychiatric Clinics of North America. Vince applied for his first patent at the age of 16, and has business experience from having started and run a small business (an LLC) during high school that refurbished and resold analytical and life science instruments.

Composed in May 2010


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