Alex Miranda is a postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Seung Kim’s lab in the department of Developmental Biology at Stanford School of Medicine. His research focuses on understanding how pancreatic islets obtain and maintain their mature characteristics, processes dysregulated in diabetes. He obtained his Ph.D. in Developmental Biology at Washington University in St. Louis in the Lab of Dr. Heather Lawson. As a graduate trainee, he was awarded an NSF-GRFP honorable mention, an NIH F31 fellowship, and was inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. Alex has participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and served as a scientific mentor to many undergraduate and high school students. Outside of lab, Alex enjoys swimming, hiking, bar trivia, and spending time with his dogs.