Leloir Institute Foundation
Dr. Schinder is principal investigator in the Laboratory of Neuronal Plasticity at the Leloir Institute in Argentina. He was an HHMI international research scholar from 2007 to 2011.
Alejandro Schinder recently demonstrated that nerve cells generated in the adult brain bear unique functional properties that make them different from all other neurons in the circuit. He plans to examine how new neurons participate in information processing in the adult brain and, ultimately, how they contribute to behavior.
Dr. Schinder received his MSc degree in biology from the University of Buenos Aires (1990) and his PhD degree from the Department of Biology, University of California, San Diego (UCSD, 1996), where he studied the role of mitochondria in excitotoxic neuronal death. He became a postdoctoral fellow in Mu-ming Poo's lab at UCSD, where he investigated the mechanisms underlying synapse formation and plasticity in developing hippocampal networks. He then joined Fred Gage's lab at the Salk Institute of La Jolla, California, to carry out a second postdoctoral fellowship on adult neurogenesis, which became the center of his scientific interest. He returned to Argentina in 2002 to establish the Laboratory of Neuronal Plasticity at the Leloir Institute, where he continues to study the functional relevance of adult hippocampal neurogenesis as well as cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration. He is an investigator of the National Research Council of Argentina; a member of the editorial boards of Developmental Neurobiology, Frontiers in Neurogenesis, and Frontiers in Neural Circuits; and a member of Faculty of 1000 Biology (Neuroscience). In 2007 he was appointed as an HHMI International Research Scholar. In 2010 he was awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for his work on adult neurogenesis. He is currently the president of the Argentine Society for Research in Neuroscience (SAN). Dr. Schinder was an HHMI international research scholar from 2007 to 2011.