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The enticing world of discovery drew Alexis Adler to work in medical laboratories starting in high school, supporting herself while at Barnard College working in a Pharmacology laboratory at Columbia University Medical Center. Following graduation, her first cell culture experience came in the Parasitology Laboratory at Rockefeller University She worked in the first laboratory to culture malaria parasites in vitro, outside the body so that treatments could be devised, again, outside the body. This work took her through Central America and down the Amazon. With the large government grants funding tropical disease not renewed following the Reagan election, looking for laboratory work, Alexis took an andrology position in a large sperm bank located in midtown Manhattan testing and freezing sperm. These unique laboratory experiences led Alexis to a brand new and highly specialized field of IVF.
As a photographer, Alexis was also part of art history when she teamed up with her then-roommate Jean Michel Basquiat to record a moment before fame and fortune caught up with his artistic genius. Both were young, meeting up in the wild Lower East Side of Manhattan during a fervent artistic period. The railroad apartment that they shared was also a laboratory for Jean as he was on a discovery mission making the leap from graffiti on the street and canvases in galleries.
Alexis continues her photographic mission, working with both with her own archival images and the macro and microscopic world around us.