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Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, PhD

Founding Scientist and Director of the San Diego Institute of Science

Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, PhD
"The cause of many diseases, including the ones that are age-associated, is the deterioration of cellular health. Restoring and maintaining cellular health is one of the most ambitious and important challenges of our time. I joined Altos Labs because of its radical yet humble approach, unconventional structure and pioneering vision to program cell health to fulfill the endeavor of overcoming human disease for the benefit of all."

Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte is the Founding Scientist and Director of the San Diego Institute of Science.

During life’s early stages cells display high levels of plasticity, regeneration and resilience against stress, disfunction and injury, which are key features of human health. Juan Carlos, previously the Roger Guillemin Chair and Professor at the Salk Institute, has contributed towards understanding the molecular basis underlying embryogenesis and early postnatal life, as well as gained insights into how to program and rejuvenate adult and diseased cells. He is developing technologies to program cells to states similar to those observed in the early, healthy stages of life, with the objective of developing universal health therapeutics to overcome human disease and aging.