December, 2011, La Jolla, CA - Dr. Alysson Muotri, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics/Cellular & Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego was named a 2011 PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellow.
He presented at the prestigious PopTech! Conference in Maine this past fall, on how he uses stem cells to understand autism. 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, all of whom are recognized as high potential early- and mid-career scientists working in areas of critical importance to the nation and the planet.
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.
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.”
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