Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, PhD, scientific director of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, will present the 2019 Mellon Lecture, “Past, Present, and Possible Futures for Regeneration Research,” as part of Science 2019–Question, the University of Pittsburgh’s annual celebration of science and technology.
Sánchez Alvarado uses the Schmidtea mediterranea freshwater flatworm as a simple and versatile model for his studies of the molecular mechanisms of regeneration. Sánchez Alvarado and his lab members have worked to develop the molecular tools needed to dissect the biology of Schmidtea and the population of collectively totipotent stem cells that drive its remarkable regenerative capacity. They continue to shed light on the aspects of genetics, cell biology, and physiology that make regeneration possible.
Friday, October 18 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.