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Ep. 240: “The Human Brain” Featuring Dr. Sergiu Pașca

By April 18, 2023January 7th, 2024No Comments

Dr. Sergiu Pașca


Dr. Sergiu Pașca is the Kenneth T. Norris, Jr. Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and the Bonnie Uytengsu and Family Director of the Stanford Brain Organogenesis Program. His lab has pioneered and applied neural organoid and assembloid technologies to make discoveries in fundamental and clinical neuroscience. He talks about the response to his viral TED Talk and the importance of names for nervous system models. He also discusses CRISPR screening in assembloids to study autism, transplanting cortical organoids into rats, and biocompatible polymers for neural organoids.

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Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Sergiu Pașca

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