Alan received his A.B. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University in 2010. After graduating he worked as a research technician in the Langer and Anderson labs at MIT before taking a research associate position at Stanford University in 2014. Alan joined the Ma lab in January of 2016 and is interested in how to utilize the body's natural reparative processes to create artificial vessels for tissue engineering purposes. His current projects center around using constrictive forces to increase blood flow into cell encapsulation devices.