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Alexander (Sasha) Kagansky is a Chancellor’s Fellow at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at The University of Edinburgh, and leads the research at the Synthetic Epigenetics Lab, Chromosomes and Gene Expression Section of the IGMM.
In 2005 - 2012, Sasha worked at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, as a postdoctoral research associate (Robin Allshire lab, until 2010) and then as senior research associate (Bill Earnshaw lab).
Research in his lab is aimed at the understanding of the molecular basis of the epigenetic transitions, and at elucidating complex homeostasis of biochemical reactions behind these transitions, which will define the future of molecular medicine. In his studies he combines genetics, synthetic and chemical biology, biochemistry, metabolomics, and proteomics.
He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 2004 after spending 3 years in National Institutes of Health in USA. In 1998 he got his MS in Biophysics from St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University in Russia.
Apart from the research in the lab, Sasha Kagansky regularly organizes public engagement of science activities for different target groups - artists, primary school kids, and general public - in different parts of the world, which result in new collaborations between scientists and artists.
He is also a member of Global Young Academy, Young Academy of Scotland and Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law.
Sasha is involved in the University of Edinburg Interdisciplinarity Project and made a film entitled ‘Beyond Discipline’ (password: crucible) in May 2016 in collaboration with Paul Maguire. The objective of the film was to highlight the various research topics across the University of Edinburgh which would benefit from interdisciplinarity. Prof Joyce Tait was among the interviewees.