Using a combination of powerful sequencing techniques and mathematical methods, Gioele La Manno, head of the Laboratory of Neurodevelopmental Systems Biology, and his team at EPFL have traced the genetic programs that direct the development of each cell in the brain. This molecular map could help researchers to understand how the brain develops and provide insights into a range of conditions, including brain tumors and neurodevelopmental disorders. The findings were published in Nature.

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La Manno is the first scholar of the EPFL’s Life Sciences Independent Research (ELISIR) program, which gives exceptionally talented PhD graduates the kind of research independence they would typically get only much later in their career.