Top Science Award Goes to Sánchez Alvarado

Spring 2018 arrived at the Stowers Institute with the announcement that Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, PhD, a Stowers and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator, had been elected a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Membership in the NAS is considered one of the highest honors given to a scientist in the United States. The Stowers investigator was inducted into the NAS at its 156th annual meeting in 2019 in Washington, D.C.

A pioneering regeneration expert, Sánchez Alvarado transformed the flatworm Schmidtea mediterranea—famous for its capacity to regrow complete individuals from miniscule body parts—from an unassuming, freshwater-dwelling oddity into a powerful model system for the study of regeneration.

“The Stowers Institute is proud of Alejandro’s pioneering work in establishing the flatworm as a model system and building an international community devoted to its study,” says David Chao, PhD, president and CEO of the Stowers Institute. “We are delighted and privileged to count such an innovative and inspirational scientist as a colleague and friend.”