In this episode, Vinoy talks to Fred Gage, director of the Salk Institute in California and head of the Laboratory of Genetics. He visited us as part of our Methusalem Lecture Series.
Gage’s work concentrates on the adult central nervous system and unexpected plasticity and adaptability to environmental stimulation that remains throughout the life of all mammals. In addition, he models human neurological and psychiatric disease in vitro using human stem cells. Finally his lab studies the genomic mosaicism that exists in the brain as a result of mobile elements that are active during neurogenesis.
Vinoy and Fred (or Rusty) Gage talk about how he got into science, and ended up working on so many fascinating topics.