Alexander Alvarez

Graduate School
College of Medicine – Tucson
Year Entered Program: 
Degrees Received: 

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, May 2015

About Me: 

I am passionate about research and about making the lives of those around me better, and I believe the U of A will equip me with the tools necessary to be a successful physician-scientist. Outside of my school and research pursuits, I love to be with my friends and family in two major ways. The first is being outside: I was on the University of Arizona's triathlon team as an undergraduate and played soccer in high school and I still love to run, cycle, and play with my friends on the trails, roads, and fields of Tucson. The second is creating: I love to take photos, produce films that my girlfriend directs, play the bass, and write short stories and essays. Additionally, I love to travel and learn from the humans in every part of the world. I am thrilled to be staying in Tucson for the next eight years so I can pursue my passions and help the community around me grow stronger.

Honors & Awards: 
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude, May 2015
  • Graduated with Honors, May 2015
  • Academic Year Highest Academic Distinction, May 2012, May 2013
  • Academic Year Academic Distinction, May 2014, May 2015
  • NASA/Arizona Space Grant Awardee at the University of Arizona, August 2014 - May 2015
  • NIH Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Scholar, June 2014 - August 2014
  • Amgen Scholar at the University of Washington, June 2013 - August 2013
  • National Merit Scholar at the University of Arizona, August 2011 - May 2015
Selected Publications: 

Papers: Pending

Conference Posters/Abstracts:

  1. Title: Automated Detection of Impact Craters and Volcanic Rootless Cones in Mars Satellite Imagery Using Convolutional Neural Networks and Support Vector Machines Authors: L. F. Palafox, A. M. Alvarez, C. W. Hamilton   Conference: 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2015

  2. Title: MRI of the Neurological Effects in a Rat Model of Hypertension Authors: Adam Bernstein, Sumana Veeravelli, Alexander Alvarez, Megan Fitzhugh, Eriko Yoshimaru, Michael Valdez, John Totenhagen, Kewei Chen, James Moeller, Paul Coleman, Kenneth Mitchell, Matt Huentelman, Carol Barnes, Gene Alexander, Theodore Trouard  Conference: ISMRM 21st Annual Meeting and Exhibition, 2013