Traditionally, the term life sciences has referred to several branches of science, such as biology, medicine, anthropology, or ecology, that describe living organisms and their organization... Read more
Meet Danielle Bassett, a physicist and Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, who was recently named 2014 MacArthur Fellow. Her current research focuses on understanding how the brain is connected and how that connectivity pattern is changed in diseased states or as we learn new skills.
The human body is a microbe's playground, and there are 100 times as many microbial genes as human genes. In recent years, the study of microbiome has mushroomed as researchers explore what makes up these huge populations of microbes in and on our bodies, and exactly what they are doing there, and how they can be manipulated to promote health and combat disease.
Life sciences is a wide and dynamic field that is being energized by other disciplines. The boom that has been already observed in the bio-medical domain is extending to other areas of life sciences, accompanied by many career opportunities and more exciting challenges for educational institutions.