Alper Lab News

Welcome to Nathan Edwards. He is an undergraduate in Bioengineering and will be working on our neuronal circuitry project!

July 25, 2020

We would like to congratulate Jacob on getting a co-op for next semester. We will miss him while he is gone!

December 3, 2019

We would like to congratulate Kaytlin on getting a co-op for the next year. We will miss her while she is gone!

November 16, 2019

We would like to congratulate George Hamilton and Hugo Sanabria lab on the publication of our latest paper "Reporting on the future of integrative structural biology ORAU workshop" in Frontiers in Bioscience in the 2020 Landmark Edition.

October 4, 2019

We would like to congratulate Ashok and his family on the birth of his first child. It's a Boy

September 23, 2019

We would like to congratulate Valerie and Katherine for recieving travel awards to attend the Cellular Biology of Eukaryotic Pathogens Meeting in Clemson, SC from the UPIC program!

September 12, 2019

We would like to congratulate Valerie, Katherine, Madison, Ethan, and Parastoo for receiving travel awards to attend the Triangle Cytoskeleton Meeting in Saxapahaw, NC from the Creative Inquiry program!

September 11, 2019

Welcome to Andrew Billings. He is an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering and will be working on our neuronal circuitry project!

August 30, 2019

Welcome to Pauline Bisaccio. She is an undergraduate in Biochemistry and will be working on the motility of axonemal dynein!

August 27, 2019

Welcome to Tamara Koch. She is an undergraduate in Biology and will be working on the trypanosome dynein project!

August 25, 2019

Welcome to Braden Holst. He is an undergraduate in Physics and will be working on the optical tweezer!

August 23, 2019

Welcome to Samantha Salley. She is an undergraduate in Microbiology and will be working on the motility of trypanosome cells!

August 20, 2019

We would like to wish Aaron Williams all the best on his last day in the lab! It was great having him visit the lab this summer, and we wish him all the best as he starts his freshman year at Clemson!

August 2, 2019

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Welcome to the Alper Lab

Our goal is to understand fundamental physical principles that bridge the atomic, molecular, and cellular scales. We focus on three systems: 1. the eukaryotic cytoskeleton, in particular cilia and flagella, 2. unique biophysical mechanisms of pathogenic parasites, and 3. simple neuronal circuits.


(top left) Chlamydomonas cell with two cilia, (top right) three trypanosome cells with flagella bound to their cell bodies, (bottom) SH-SY5Y neuronal cells.


We are an interdisciplinary research group. We use techniques and models from physics, biophysics, optics, bioengineering, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics. We are always on the lookout for postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates with these backgrounds and interests. If you are interested in joining, contact us!

Alper Lab Future Events

Alper Lab Past Events

John Yukich, professor at Davidson College, visited Clemson and gave a talk in Biophysics Seminar!

November 14, 2019

Apurba, Subash, Valerie, and Katherine all presented posters at the Cellular Biology of Eukaryotic Pathogens Meeting in Clemson, SC.

October 16-18, 2019

Valerie, Katherine, Madison, Ethan, and Parastoo attended and presented their work at the Triangle Cytoskeleton Meeting in Saxapahaw, NC.

September 30, 2019

We attened SIRPA 2019 in Clemson and Subash gave a talk.

August 20, 2019

Members of the Alper Lab attended the 29th Annual Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology at the University of Georgia. Subash presented his work.

May 1, 2019

Multiple members of the lab presented their work on our trypansome and neuron projects at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Kennesaw State Univeristy in Kennesaw, GA.

April 10-13, 2019

Josh gave the Department Colloquium at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC.

April 11, 2019

Hailey, Subash, and Ashok all presented their work at 63rd Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society in Baltimore, MD.

March 2-6, 2019

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