Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado received his Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology and Chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 1986. In 1992, he received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, where he studied mouse ES cells and their in vitro differentiation under the tutelage of Dr. Jeffrey Robbins.
In 1994, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Donald D. Brown at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Embryology as a postdoctoral fellow and in 1995 was appointed Staff Associate. It was during this period that Dr. Sánchez Alvarado began to explore systems in which to molecularly dissect the problem of regeneration.
From 2002-2011 Sánchez Alvarado was a member of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine and in 2005 he was appointed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Sánchez Alvarado moved with his lab to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in 2011. His current efforts are aimed at elucidating the molecular basis of regeneration using the free-living flatworm Schmidtea mediterranea.