The nominating institution SLAC Stanford on the breakthrough:

A critical challenge in understanding function in the human brain is lack of access to human brain tissue for investigation by imaging, recording, and stimulation. We developed innovative technologies that allow us to instruct stem cells to become 3D cellular structures resembling specific human brain regions. We then assemble them in various combinations to create functioning neural circuits in assembloids. Our work uncovers unique brain features and mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disease.

Sergiu Pașca

Stanford University

Sergiu Pașca is a Romanian-American scientist and physician at Stanford University in California. Pașca is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, a neuroscientist and stem cell biologist and currently a NYSCF Robertson Investigator. He is part of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Stanford Bio-X and a fellow of the ChEM-H Institute at Stanford. Pașca was listed among New York Times Visionaries in Medicine and Sciences, and he is the recipient of the 2018 Vilcek Award for Creative Biomedical Promise from the Vlicek Foundation.

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