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David A. Alagpulinsa, PhD

Assistant Professor

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David A. Alagpulinsa, PhD



David is an Assistant Professor of Comparative and Cardiovascular Medicine. His doctoral studies in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences at the University of Arkansas for Medical Scinces in Little Rock, Arkansas, focused on defining and exploiting the mechanisms that maintain genome integrity in multiple myeloma, a hematologic malignancy of B lymphocytes. He completed a postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, developing strategies to immunoprotect endogenous and transplanted islets to treat type 1 diabetes without systemic immunosuppression. David joined the Yale Center for Molecular and Systems Metabolism and Department of Comparative Medicine at Yale as an Assistant Professor in 2023 to establish the AlagsLab. Research in the AlagsLab integrates knowledge from genetics, developmental and molecular biology, immunology, biomedical engineering, and statistical and computational biology to understand complex traits and diseases, including hematopoiesis, T1D, and cardiovascular disease.

Education & Training

  • Instructor
    Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School (2023)
  • Postdoc
    Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School (2021)
  • PhD
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (2015)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Keystone FellowKeystone Symposia2023
JDRF Diversifying Diabetes Research Talent in Academia AwardJuvenile Diabetes Research Foundation2022
MGH Scientific Advisory Committee on Research Poster of Distinction AwardMassachusetts General Hosptial2021
Physician/Scientist Career Development AwardMassachusetts General Hospital2020
Tosteson & Fund for Medical Discovery Postdoctoral FellowshipMassachusetts General Hospital2019
American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes Initiator Award, NomineeMassachusetts General Hospital2019
MGH Research Institute Travel AwardMassachusetts General Hospital2019
Poster of Distinction AwardMassachusetts General Hospital2018
Abstract Achievement AwardAmerican Society of Hematology2014
Bill & Melinda Gates Global Health Travel AwardKeystone Symposia2008

Professional Service

National Institutes of Health HAI Study SectionAd-hoc reviewer2023 - Present
Haematologica; American Journal of Transplantation; Trends in Molecular Medicine; Pharmacology & Therapeutics; Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology; The FASEB Journal; etc. Reviewer2019 - Present

Departments & Organizations