Alia did her undergraduate work at the University of Washington, receiving a B.S. in Molecular Biology with a minor in Marine Biology. She joined the Aluru lab in 2017 and is a NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She currently studies the effects of algal toxins on the central nervous system. She is particularly interested in how microglia – the immune cells of the brain – can mediate effects that last well into an individual’s lifetime.
Alia is also passionate about bringing science into the community through education and communication. As part of this effort, she teaches science lessons in local classrooms and helps run the Broader Impacts Group at WHOI, a student group dedicated to supporting science outreach.
Alia’s work is part of the Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health (WHCOOH).