Alejandro Vargas was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He has a brother currently in film school in Los Angeles and has two loving parents that are wonderful physicians. Alejandro majored in Biology at Notre Dame and was a proud resident of Alumni Hall. He was actively involved in the Multicultural Pre-Medical Society, serving as Service Commissioner for three years. As Service Commissioner, he had the opportunity to create an After-School Tutoring Program at St. Matthew's Catholic School in South Bend. He was also a part of the Biology Leadership Committee, through which he recruited minority science-intent students to enroll at Notre Dame and met with academic advisors to improve the Biology curriculum.
Alejandro spent his summers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine as a fellow in a rigorous summer research program, where he studied the physiological effects of a compound found in dark chocolate and wine.
During his time in ESTEEM, Alejandro worked with University of Notre Dame professor Shaun Lee in the Biology department. His thesis work involved the commercialization of an inexpensive paper analytical device that can quickly test for antibiotic resistance of bacterial infections in patients. This is needed in developing countries and can greatly reduce the overuse and misuse of antibiotics worldwide.
Alejandro is now a medical student at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center -- Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Alejandro recognizes that the field of medicine is constantly evolving, adapting, and innovating and feels that ESTEEM helped him to embrace innovation and be on the leading edge of scientific knowledge and development. He believes that the incorporation of these skills will help him manage his future practice more effectively to better serve his patients and community.