Alex Pollen, PhD

Assistant Professor at University of California, San Francisco

2021 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator

PhD, Stanford University

Postdoctoral Studies, University of California, San Francisco


Dr. Alex Pollen is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Neurology at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). His lab combines advances in single cell genomics, genome engineering, and great ape cerebral organoids to identify genomic differences underlying unique features or vulnerabilities of the human brain. Ultimately, he aims to identify novel therapeutic targets by combining an evolutionary approach to selective vulnerability of neurons with new cellular models. He received his PhD from Stanford University and completed his postdoctoral training at UCSF.