As a stem cell and regenerative biology researcher at Harvard University, Paola Arlotta seeks to understand how the human brain is formed and what makes it unique. After being inspired by her high school science teacher, Antonio Vecchia, Arlotta pursued a research path that led to her current work exploring the cerebral cortex by growing human organoids in 3D cell culture and investigating their development with single cell sequencing techniques. 

In this Science Philosophy in a Flash podcast episode, Niki Spahich spoke with Arlotta to learn more about her path from a curious child in Italy to her current work exploring the complexities of human brain development using organoid models.

Learn more about Paola Arlotta and brain organoid research.

     A headshot of Harvard developmental neurobiologist Paola Arlotta
Paola Arlotta, PhD
Chair and Golub Family Professor
Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Harvard University
Associate Member, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research Broad Institute