Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, Ph.D. is the Executive Director & Chief Scientific Officer at Stowers Institute for Medical Research and was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Dr. Sánchez Alvarado and his lab are studying the molecular mechanics of regeneration. Despite the importance of regenerative processes to human biology and health, the molecular and cellular mechanisms driving the restoration of body parts lost to physiological turnover and/or injury remain largely unexplored. By identifying and characterizing regeneration at the molecular level, they hope to gain a better understanding of how higher organisms, including humans, develop biologically. You can learn more about his fascinating work here.