Steven Altschuler, PhD

Phone: +1 415 502-3196
1700 4th St, Rm 408D
UCSF Box 2540
San Francisco, CA 94158
United States

Educational programs

UCSF centers, institutes, and research programs

What I do

In my lab, I seek to understand design principles of biological systems and how biological networks rewire during disease progression. I bring to my biology research a blend of experimental science, engineering, and mathematics. Projects in my lab integrate advance technology, experiment, machine-learning based analysis and data-driven mathematical modeling.

My research expertise

systems biology, cell signaling, cell polarity, collective cell behaviors, Cancer Biology, Drug Discovery, computer vision, image analysis, mathematics


PhD, Mathematics, University of California, San Diego, 1990
Masters, Mathematics, University of California, San Diego, 1986
Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania, 1985


Dr. Steven Altschuler is interested in discovering principles underlying cellular individuality, the emergence of collective cellular behaviors, and the evolution of drug resistance. Dr. Altschuler also applies high-throughput technology developed by his laboratory to diverse problems, including mapping paths of signal transduction and accelerating drug discovery. Prior to arriving at UCSF, Dr. Altschuler worked at UT Southwestern, Harvard, Rosetta Informatics, Microsoft, Princeton, and the Institute for Advanced Studies.

Research keywords

  • Organoids
  • Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptors
  • Drosophila
  • Neutrophils
  • Epithelial Cells
  • Wnt Proteins
  • Growth Cones
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Single-Cell Analysis
  • Vision, Ocular
  • Intestinal Mucosa
  • Intestinal Diseases
  • Photoreceptor Cells, Invertebrate
  • Fluorescence Microscopy
  • Intestines