The next frontier for studying brain development and function lies in rationally deciphering, harnessing, and engineering the living 3D brain. The Miniature Brain Machinery (MBM) Program is an NSF-funded research traineeship that combines cognitive and behavior studies with brain cell and tissue biology studies to train the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce in advancing discovery.

We target PhD students with strong quantitative skills who are motivated to learn across the disciplines of neuroscience and engineering. Trainees work with our faculty and incorporate some form of research on brain organoids into their studies.

Other sciences that build into the program

  • Molecular & Integrative Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering

 Miniature Brain Machinery



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