Alan Gutierrez is a research assistant with the Sabeti Lab working as a part of the ENCODE Consortium Functional Characterization Center’s efforts to develop and apply next-generation non-coding CRISPR screens. Under the mentorship of Dr. Steven Reilly, he has helped to develop HCR-FlowFISH—a novel technology to identify cis-regulatory elements in the genome.
Alan graduated from Vassar College in 2018 with a B.A. in Biochemistry and a minor in Russian Studies. There, he conducted research on Wingless signaling regulation in Drosophila melanogaster. In addition, he was a part of the First Generation 9, a sociological research team that investigated the experiences of first generation college students at a liberals arts institution.
Alan is also a proud alumnus of Harvard Medical School’s Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP), where he studied the possible contribution of mitochondrial architecture to Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma metabolic subtypes at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Nika Danial.
Alan plans to attend medical school in the near future and mold his unique research experiences into an exceptional career in medicine.