This summer, the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) has released its first science dissemination podcast in Catalan, ‘La mare de la ciència’. This podcast features the testimony of six researchers working at the PRBB.
In the first episode, we talk about brain development, with Cristina Pujades, head of the group studying the development of the central nervous system of vertebrates and professor at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences, Pompeu Fabra University (DCEXS-UPF).
The brain is the most complex organ in our body. But despite the mysteries surrounding it, there are structures that are well preserved in evolution. Thus, humans have a posterior brain similar to that of organisms as small as zebrafish.
In order to study the path of neurons during brain development, Cristina’s group combines high-resolution imaging, computing, and genetic editing. As she says, this variety “enriches the lab, because you have different point of views (…) that allow you to ‘put on another glasses’ and see things in a different way” to answer a biological question.
In this episode, Cristina talks about her research in a personal way, while, telling us about her scientific career in a nutshell. With reflections based on her experience of almost two decades leading a research group, Cristina explains what the job of a principal investigator is like.
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Credits: Carla Belmonte-Mateos