Dr. Saul Villeda - Principal Investigator



2016 – Present

Assistant Professor Department of Anatomy  UCSF (find out more)

2012 – 2016

UCSF Faculty Fellow (find out more)



2004 – 2010

Stanford University Medical School
Doctor of Philosophy in Neurosciences

1999 – 2004

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Bachelor of Science in Physiological Science, Cum Laude


Research Training

2010 – 2012

Stanford Wyss-Coray Postdoctoral Fellow (find out more)
Research Project: Young blood enhances synaptic plasticity and cognitive function in the old brain


Woods Hole MBL Course on the Molecular Biology of Aging
Aging research course sponsored by the Ellison Medical Foundation surveying molecular, cellular and genetic approaches

2007 – 2010


Stanford Wyss-Coray Lab Graduate Student Researcher 
Research Project: Molecular changes in the aging systemic milieu negatively regulate neurogenesis and cognitive function

2005 – 2006

Stanford Brunet Lab Graduate Student Researcher (find out more)
Research Project: The pro-longevity FoxO family of transcription factors regulates adult neural stem cell homeostasis


UCSF Science Research Training Program (SRTP)
Research internship in the Basbaum lab studying acute chemical and mechanical nociception

2002 – 2004


UCLA Phelps Lab Undergraduate Researcher (find out more)
Research Project: Disruption of Reelin signaling results in aberrant spinal cord development and nociceptive processing



2009 - 2011          

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellowship (F31AG034045-02)

2005 – 2009

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Predoctoral Fellowship (Accepted) 


Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (Awarded)

2002 – 2004          MARC U*STAR Undergraduate Research Fellowship sponsored by the National Institutes of Health


Honors and Awards

2015 Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging (find out more)
2012 NIH Director's Early Independence Award (find out more)
2011 Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation & Translational Neurosciences Sammy Kuo Research Award
2011 Elderhostel K. Patricia Cross Road Scholar Aging Research Award Finalist
2006                 MARC U*STAR Undergraduate Research Fellowship sponsored by the National Institutes of Health
2004 Elma Gonzalez UCLA Dean’s award in Research
2004 UCLA College Honors and Departmental Honors in Physiological Sciences
2002                           Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Poster Presentation Award in Physiology
2001                         UCLA Vice Provost Award for Service – in recognition for mentorship of underrepresented minority students
1999 Ralphe J. Bunche UCLA Alumni Scholarship
1999 Bausch and Lamb Award in Science
1999 Bank of America Award in mathematics and science
1999 Latino Heritage Award