Alex Rivest

Alex Rivest is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology-trained Ph.D. Neuroscientist. Having worked alongside Nobel Prize winner Dr. Susumu Tonegawa, his research has been published in two of the most highly renowned scientific journals, Science and Nature Neuroscience. Alex grew up in an environment where curiosity and question-asking were highly valued, and he has dedicated his life to helping teach others about the wonders of the world. As an educator, he received the Angus MacDonald Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at MIT, and founded the Nonprofit Blue Kitabu, which built a sustainable primary school in central Ghana. As a science filmmaker, Alex’s videos have accumulated more than 70 million views online, and have been featured everywhere, from billboards in Times Square to installations in science museums and even in an opera production of Das Rheingold. Canary (Mountainfilm, 2024) is his directorial debut. 

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