UC San Diego’s Alysson Muotri named 2011 Poptech Science Fellow

August 2, 2011, La Jolla, CA - Dr. Alysson Muotri, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics/Cellular & Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego has been named a 2011 PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellow. The fellowship is designed to address the need for scientists to be collaborative and socially engaged public communicators. The 2011 class of fellows includes 10 scientists representing diverse areas of study.

Muotri's work is based on using stem cells to study possible causes – and cures – for autism and other mental disorders. His research has been published in scientific journals such as Nature and Cell, and he  has received support from the National Institutes of Health and the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine.

The year-long 2011 Science and Public Leadership Fellows program begins with a leadership retreat at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. The fellows then present their work at the PopTech 2011 conference, taking place October 19-22 in Camden, Maine. The talks will be available on the PopTech website following the conference.

PopTech is a non-profit organization aiming to “accelerate the positive impact of world-changing people and ideas and foster unconventional collaborations that tackle some of the world’s most significant challenges and lead to real and lasting change.”