Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
Dr. Alvarez-Buylla is internationally renowned for his work in developmental neuroscience and stem-cell neurobiology research. His principal research interests are in neurogenesis of the adult mammalian brain, neural stem cell regulation, the origin of brain tumors and brain repair.
His work contributed to major findings on the identification and characterization of neural stem cells in the adult brain. The Alvarez-Buylla laboratory has continued studying the way in which adult neural stem cells behave and function – the generation of young neurons, the migration of these neurons from their site of birth to their final destinations, and their function in the adult brain. Understanding the mechanisms that underlie neuronal proliferation, differentiation, migration, circuit integration may offer insights into new strategies for treating brain damage and diseases.