Zaida Álvarez Pinto
CV SummaryZaida Alvarez is currently a Ramon y Cajal and senior researcher at the Biomaterials for Neural Regeneration group. She is also a Visiting Scientist at the Simpson Querrey Institute for Bionantechnology at Northwestern University, Chicago, USA.
She obtained her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. Elisabeth Engel. In 2015, she joined the laboratory of Prof. Samuel Stupp at Northwestern University, Chicago, as a self-funded postdoctoral fellow to work on peptide amphiphiles for neural regeneration. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Feinberg Medical School at Northwestern University, where she continues her research in spinal cord regeneration and in vitro platforms for IPS modeling. She is also a consulting engineer in two start-up companies in the USA. She has 4 patents assigned to AmphixBio Incorporation and has received numerous awards such as the Young Baxter Investigator Award in 2019, the Rafael Hervada Award in 2021 and the Women in Science Nanotechnology Award in 2022.
Staff member publications
Smith CS, Álvarez Z, Qiu R, Sasselli IR, Clemons T, Ortega JA, Vilela-Picos M, Wellman H, Kiskinis E, Stupp SI, (2023). Enhanced Neuron Growth and Electrical Activity by a Supramolecular Netrin-1 Mimetic Nanofiber Acs Nano 17, 19887-19902
Álvarez Z, Ortega JA, Sato K, Sasselli IR, Kolberg-Edelbrock AN, Qiu R, Marshall KA, Nguyen TP, Smith CS, Quinlan KA, Papakis V, Syrgiannis Z, Sather NA, Musumeci C, Engel E, Stupp SI, Kiskinis E, (2023). Artificial extracellular matrix scaffolds of mobile molecules enhance maturation of human stem cell-derived neurons Cell Stem Cell 30, 219-238
Mattotti, M., Alvarez, Z., Delgado, L., Mateos-Timoneda, M. A., Aparicio, C., Planell, J. A., Alcántara, S., Engel, E., (2017). Differential neuronal and glial behavior on flat and micro patterned chitosan films Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 158, 569-577
Álvarez, Zaida, Hyroššová, Petra, Perales, José Carlos, Alcántara, Soledad, (2016). Neuronal progenitor maintenance requires lactate metabolism and PEPCK-M-directed cataplerosis Cerebral Cortex , 26, (3), 1046-1058
Álvarez, Z., Castaño, O., Castells, A. A., Mateos-Timoneda, M. A., Planell, J. A., Engel, E., Alcántara, S., (2014). Neurogenesis and vascularization of the damaged brain using a lactate-releasing biomimetic scaffold Biomaterials 35, (17), 4769-4781
Álvarez, Z., Sena, E., Mattotti, M., Engel, E., Alcántara, S., (2014). An efficient and reproducible method to culture Bergmann and cortical radial glia using textured PMMA Journal of Neuroscience Methods , 232, 93-101
Álvarez, Zaida, Mateos-Timoneda, Miguel A., Hyrossová, Petra, Castaño, Oscar, Planell, Josep A., Perales, José C., Engel, Elisabeth, Alcántara, Soledad, (2013). The effect of the composition of PLA films and lactate release on glial and neuronal maturation and the maintenance of the neuronal progenitor niche Biomaterials 34, (9), 2221-2233
Mattotti, Marta, Alvarez, Zaida, Ortega, Juan A., Planell, Josep A., Engel, Elisabeth, Alcántara, Soledad, (2012). Inducing functional radial glia-like progenitors from cortical astrocyte cultures using micropatterned PMMA Biomaterials 33, (6), 1759-1770