Alysson R. Muotri is a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Cellular and Molecular Medicine at UC San Diego. Dr. Muotri earned a BSc in Biological Sciences from the State University of Campinas, Brazil, in 1995 and a Ph.D. in Genetics in 2001 from University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil. He moved to the Salk Institute as Pew Latin America Fellow in 2002 for a postdoctoral training with Dr. Fred H. Gage on the fields of neuroscience and stem cell biology. His research focuses on human brain development and evolution, exploring mobile elements as generators of neuronal diversity. Dr. Muotri’s lab is also interested on modeling neurological diseases, such as autism spectrum disorders, using human-induced pluripotent stem cells, genome editing and brain organoids. He received several awards, including the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award and the Emerald Foundation Young Investigator Award.