Aleks graduated from California State University, Northridge with a B.S. in Biotechnology. During his time in university, he was selected for the UCLA CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research fellowship under the guidance of Dr. Harley Kornblum. During his time in the fellowship, his research centered around cerebral organoid development and analysis from patients with the heterozygous PTEN mutation and control lines. His interests lie in using stem cell or organoid models in an in-vitro or in-vivo system. His aim for graduate school is to refine his scientific toolbox, especially bioinformatic analysis of patient samples, and to assist in developing effective applications and therapies using stem cell derived systems.