- Copyright, Steve Hambuchen
I am a General Biologist by training. As an undergraduate I was exposed to courses in biodiversity, cellular and molecular biology, plant and animal physiology, animal behavior, ecology and evolution. I was most curious about the brain, and how the processes inside it produce behaviors. The brain was a puzzle to solve! This led me to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience, during which I studied the cells of the brain, neurons, and how they become specialized during development. This research gave me insight into how the components within the brain work. But while studying cells, I became interested in how cells come to be, what are the instructions that make up a cell, and allow for different cells to form? This new question led me to become interested in genes: genes that are important to make the brain the way it is, genes that code for proteins that are important for how neurons work, genes that when mutated affect how the brain works, and how it produces behavior.