EBICS participants contribute to the NSF-funded Miniature Brain Machinery (MBM) Program

Published: May 15, 2018

The NSF-funded Miniature Brain Machinery (MBM) Program continues to blaze a trail at the University of Illinois in its emerging field combining cognitive & behavior studies with brain cell & tissue studies, with the goal of training the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce to advance discovery in the interdisciplinary field of brain organoids.

EBICS participants Lauren Grant, Mikhail Kandel, Collin Kaufman, and Gelson Pagan-Diaz are among the first cohort of NRT fellows. Martha Gillette serves as program director with several EBICS members in Illinois among the Co-PIs and faculty, including Joon Kong, Rashid Bashir, and Gabriel Popescu.

Trainees have taken a special topics course featuring lectures by program faculty. This course is accompanied by guest lectures as part of a Frontiers in Miniature Brain Machinery lecture series, which has been open to the public, providing more outreach to packed rooms of attendees from across campus. Guest lecturers have included Drs. Sung Gap Im and EBICS faculty Rashid Bashir. Course lecturers have included Drs. Martha Gillette, Joon Kong, Gabi Popescu, Brad Sutton, and Jonathan Sweedler, with Drs. Hee-Jung Chung and Neal Cohen to teach future sessions.
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