Alfred Basilious, joined Michael Fehlings Lab as a CREMS Research Scholar for 2011-2013 studying the use of stem cells in cerebral palsy. He completed his Bachelors of Science in Behavior, Cognition and Neuroscience and graduated in 2011, receiving the Board of Governor’s Medal for achieving the highest GPA in the faculty of science.
Alfred is currently completing his MD at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine. For three consecutive years Alfred received the NSERC USRA grant to conduct research in the Zielinski Neurobiology Lab. His work focused on the neuroanatomical link between olfaction and locomotion. The project involved microsurgery, neural tract tracers, cell counts and confocal neuroanatomical analysis to study mitral cells in the olfactory bulb. This resulted in the identification of a novel structure in the olfactory bulb where medially located mitral cells synapse with olfactory sensory neurons from a unique region in the olfactory epithelium.
Alfred also conducted clinical research in pediatric immunology. Working with Dr. Joel Liem, he published a case study of nutritional management of eosinophilic gastroenteropathies in a clinical setting. Alfred first found an interest in neuroscience in his undergraduate and research experience. He is particularly interested in the anatomical study of the eye and brain, and clinical applications of these fields.