Alex Small is an Assistant 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 an externally-funded research group of several undergraduate and graduate students, and also collaborates on projects in light scattering and fiber optic sensor design. In addition to his research and teaching at Cal Poly, he is an elected Councilor in the Physics and Astronomy Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research, and is a Scholar (3 year part time appointment) at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara. 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 hopes that by becoming more involved in OSSC he can better connect his teaching with the challenges and opportunities that his students will encounter in industry.