Can a single human brain ever understand how a human brain works? Colón-Ramos argues not – but a network of brains might! Networks are an essential part of science, whether it is at the level of single neurons connecting to form a brain, or networked brains forming a scientific community. Colón-Ramos studies neural networks in the nematode C. elegans to uncover how neurons organize and communicate with each other to form the nervous system. Using the nervous system as a metaphor, he explains how our own brains, similar to neurons, are “wired to be wired”, and how scientists connect their brains to weave new knowledge.
Daniel Colón-Ramos is an Associate Professor of Cell Biology at the Yale School of Medicine. His lab uses C. elegans to study how the brain forms precise neural connections during development. Colón-Ramos was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is a co-founder of Ciencia Puerto Rico (http://www.cienciapr.org/en), a non-profit organization that connects Puerto Rican… Continue Reading