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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Alexander Akhiezer, 1999

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Alexander Akhiezer is an immigrant from Ukraine

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Alexander Akhiezer is a partner in Foley Hoag's Intellectual Property Department, where his primary focus is on emergent technologies that operate at the intersection of chemistry, biology, and physics. Previously, he was a partner at Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds.

Alex was born in the Ukraine. He studied physics at Kharkov University, Ukraine, and biochemistry at New York University. In 1997, Alex began working on his doctorate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in computational and biological chemistry in 2002. Alex received his JD at Suffolk School of Law

After graduating with summa cum laude from New York University, Alex worked at ImClone Systems, a New York City biotechnology company developing novel cancer therapeutics. During his doctorate, Alex worked on the development of novel immunosuppressive compounds to aid in organ transplantation at the Center for Cancer Research at MIT, and at the MIT Laboratory for Molecular Science, where his research project used novel mathematical tools for the optimization of lead compounds in commercial drug development. After completing his JD in 2007, he joined Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds as a patent attorney. He practices patent law in the areas of physics, and medicinal chemistry.

Alex and his wife Liana live in Lexington, Massachusetts.

  • JD Law | Suffolk University 2007
  • PhD Chemistry | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2002
  • BA Biochemistry | New York University (NYU) 1996
Work History
  • Foley Hoag's Intellectual Property Department, Partner