Alysson Muotri Named PopTech Fellow
Alysson Muotri, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics in the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has been named a 2011 Science and Public Leadership Fellow by PopTech, a non-profit group that promotes science and technology through innovative, unconventional collaborations among “leaders, thinkers and doers.”
Muotri, a neuroscientist, was selected for “challenging the concept of junk DNA through his research on stem cells and the neurobiology of autism.” In 2010, using induced pluripotent stem cells from patients with Rett syndrome, Muotri and colleagues created functional neurons that provide the first human cellular model for studying the development of autism spectrum disorder.
The year-long PopTech program provides recipients with intensive training and mentoring opportunities with other fellows. The 2011 class includes biologists, a roboticist, an environmental engineer, a theoretical physicist and a materials scientist. For more information about this year’s fellows and the PopTech program, visit www.poptech.org.