Carolina Arias and Diego Acosta-Alvear join the MCDB Faculty

Jan 12, 2017

MCDB is pleased to welcome two new faculty to the department, Dr. Carolina Arias and Dr. Diego Acosta-Alvear.

Dr. Carolina Arias

Dr. Arias obtained her PhD at the New York University School of Medicine with Dr. Ian Mohr, and was a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the laboratory of Dr. Don Ganem. She then moved to Novartis before returning to UCSF to join the lab of Dr. Joe DiRisi. Dr. Arias’ research focuses on the fundamental problem of how gene expression is regulated in viral and cellular systems using genome-wide and next generation sequencing technologies. Her long-term goal is to elucidate the mechanisms controlling protein synthesis during viral infection, and to use this knowledge to uncover the virus’ vulnerabilities and thus facilitate the development of effective anti-viral therapies.

Dr. Diego Acosta-Alvear

Dr. Acosta-Alvear obtained his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the Sackler Institute for Graduate Biomedical Sciences at New York University with Dr. Brian Dynlacht, and was a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Walter. Dr. Acosta-Alvear’s research focuses on the fundamental problem of how cellular stress response networks are regulated in normal cells and how those networks are rewired in disease. His overarching goal is to systematically dissect the inherent complexities of these homeostatic networks to understand how their remodeling influences cell survival or cell death. This is an exciting and highly promising area of biomedical research, and Dr. Acosta-Alvear is in an excellent position to make exciting new discoveries in this important field.

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