Helping bridge the divide between engineers and neuroscientists

I write a lot about the various ways that faculty at Stanford collaborate, often between schools and departments that speak very different academic languages. Those stories often make these collaborations seem effortless, as if all engineers just happen to know enough cell biology to make the perfect tool to solve a problem faced by their colleagues across the street in the School of Medicine labs. Actually, it’s much harder than that. I recently wrote about a new Stanford Neurosciences Institute initiative called the NeuroFab, which has a specific goal of helping engineers and neuroscientists speak to each other and overcome some of those cultural differences. Mechanical engineer Nicholas Melosh, PhD, who runs the NeuroFab, told me that he envisioned it as a way of helping pair up neuroscientists in need of new tools…


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