Lab Culture: The Tireless Brain Bot of the Finkbeiner Lab

This is the second edition of Lab Culture, a photo- and video-heavy series on the culture and methods of different labs. The first Lab Culture post was about the espresso machine and glowing fish brains in Florian Engert's lab.


The Brain Bot was born out of Steve Finkbeiner's frustration. In the 1990s, as a postdoctoral fellow trying to understand why brain cells die in Huntington's Disease, Finkbeiner spent hour after hour, day after day, in front of a microscope counting, describing, and cataloging cells in a dish.

At the time, researchers had known for a decade that Huntington's -- just like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and ...

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