Why neuroscience needs neuroinformatics: a Q+A with Helena Ledmyr

Helena Ledmyr How did you get interested in science and, in particular, neuroscience? My grandpa taught me about everyday science when I was a kid: plant physiology (you have to help me pollinate the plum tree, the bees are taking detours around it!), herpetology (don’t worry, that snake isn’t poisonous), physics (the center of gravity is too high, you have to stack the wood differently), and nutrition (you don’t have to chew ice cream! This is taking too long!). He also saved his popular science magazines for my visits, so there would always be a whole stack of them for me to read. And when it was time to apply for an MSc program, the Stockholm University catalog mentioned ‘Jurassic Park’ in the description of the molecular biology program. Naturally,…


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