Professor of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco
Heather and Melanie Muss Endowed Chair
Head of Laboratory, Brain Tumor Research Center
Dr. Arturo Alvarez-Buylla is an internationally recognized researcher and a key scientist in neurogenesis research. After training under Dr. Nottebohm at The Rockefeller University, Alvarez-Buylla now studies adult neurogenesis in mammals. Alvarez-Buylla performed substantial research on neuronal proliferation in the adult brain as well as comparing adult neurogenesis to embryonic neurogenesis. His work has also focuses on function and regulation of neural stem cells.
In the future, his work could lead to the development of stem cell therapies for neurodegenerative diseases (diseases resulting from losing neuronal structure or function, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s Disease). As part of the Brain Tumor Research Center, Alvarez-Buylla’s lab currently focuses on studying the possible connection between adult neurogenesis and brain tumors and the potential of using neurogenesis to replace neurons in brain areas outside of the olfactory bulb.
1983 Licenciado in Biomedical Research, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
1988 PhD, The Rockefeller University
1995-2000 Associate Professor, Head of Laboratory, Rockefeller University
2000-present Professor of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco; Principal Investigator, Brain Tumor Research Center
1992 Robert L. Sinsheimer Award in Molecular Biology
2000 Jacob Javits Award
2002 Neuronal Plasticity Prize (shared with Dr. R. McKay and Dr. S. Weiss). Fondation IPSEN, France.
2007 Catedra Ramón y Cajal, Sociedad Española de Neurología, Spain
An interview with Alvarez-Buylla : http://www.scivee.tv/node/10083
Alvarez-Buylla’s speech at CIRM: http://www.cirm.ca.gov/Spotlight_BasicResearch_AlvarezBuylla
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