Alexander Ploss completed his Ph.D. in Immunology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Cornell University and postdoctoral training at the Rockefeller University in New York. Ploss was a research assistant and research associate professor at the Rockefeller University before joining the Department of Molecular Biology faculty at Princeton University. 

Research in the Ploss lab covers three main areas of investigation: Deciphering mechanisms of viral infection/replication, systematically identifying barriers preventing transmission of human viral pathogens to non-primate species, and translating our discoveries into devising experimental systems that will allow us to understand and dissect host responses to these diseases. 

In support and recognition of his work, he received several awards, including the Astella’s Young Investigator Award from the Infectious Disease Society of America, the Liver Scholar Award from the American Liver Foundation, the Löffler-Frosch Prize from the German Society of Virology, Merck Irving Sigal Memorial Award from the American Society for Microbiology and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award.