Alex Small is an Associate Professor of Physics at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. His main research area is fluorescence imaging beyond the diffraction limit, with an emphasis on identifying the fundamental statistical and physical limits to new microscopy techniques, and translating these insights into image processing tools for live-cell microscopy. He leads a research group of several undergraduate students, and also collaborates on projects in light scattering and fiber optic sensor design. Prior to working at Cal Poly he worked for 2 years at the National Institutes of Health, where worked on image processing for microscopy and theoretical models of blood vessel growth around tumors. He also taught optics to photography students at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. He received a Bachelor of Science in physics from USC, and a Ph.D. in physics from UC Santa Barbara with a dissertation on light scattering in complex dielectrics.
In addition to a general passion for learning about the fascinating scientific and technological work being done by people in southern California, Alex enjoys that way that being involved in the OSSC helps him to better connect his teaching with the challenges and opportunities that his students will encounter in industry.