As bioengineers incorporate smart technology into more aspects of the scientific process, these updates promise to digitize and automate laborious, repetitive research tasks while simultaneously transforming the laboratory into a more accessible and connected environment. This episode highlights cutting-edge smart technologies that allow scientists to take their research to the next level by streamlining common experimental workflows. 

A microfluidic system connected to a multi-well culture dish through tubing and machinery.
Manual methods to create mini brains are typically labor-intensive, but the Braingeneers build automated microfluidic systems to feed and monitor their organoid cultures.
Photographer: Alexis Morgan, UC Santa Cruz, Image owner: UC Regents

In this month’s episode, Deanna MacNeil from The Scientist’s Creative Services Team spoke with Sofie Salama and David Haussler, professors at the University of California, Santa Cruz, to learn more about the smart technology behind growing brain organoids.

The Scientist Speaks is a podcast produced by The Scientist’s Creative Services Team. Our podcast is by scientists and for scientists. We bring you the stories behind news-worthy molecular biology research. This month's episode is sponsored by Benchling.



Sofie Salama, PhD
Professor, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Faculty Director of Diversity
Affiliated Faculty
UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute
University of California, Santa Cruz


David Haussler, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Biomolecular Engineering
Scientific Director, UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute
University of California, Santa Cruz

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