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Alvarez wins Women in Science Nanotechnology Award

Zaida Alvarez

SQI visiting scholar Zaida Alvarez won the Women in Science Nanotechnology Award from Muy Interesante, a monthly science magazine in Spain. The award recognized her first-author publication in Science which described an injectable therapy that reversed paralysis in mice following severe spinal cord injury.

Alvarez performed the work while she was a postdoctoral fellow and later a Research Assistant Professor in the laboratory of SQI director Samuel Stupp, who was the corresponding author of the paper. Alvarez is now a Ramon y Cajal Researcher at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia in Barcelona (IBEC).

Earlier this year, Alvarez received the Rafael Hervada Award for Biomedical Research — one of Spain’s top prizes for biomedical research — for the same work. Read this interview with Alvarez to learn more about the study and the reaction it has received.