Name: Susan Hendricks, Ph.D.
Position: Staff Scientist
How long have you been working at MBF Bioscience? Five years.
What is your research area of interest? My area of interest is developmental neuroscience. I did my dissertation research on the development of the gustatory system and worked on the early development of the auditory system. I’m fascinated by how newly generated neurons figure out where they are supposed to be and what they are supposed to do. Now, I help others attain their research goals. It’s great to have a chance to be broadly interested in everything from nematodes to stroke, and from software code to microscope hardware.
Describe what you do: My days at MBF generally balance grant activities and data collection for MBF Labs, with a side of educational development thrown in for good measure. As grants manager, I collect data to support our research aims from funded NIH SBIR projects (such as automated neuron reconstruction). My first grant project at MBF Bioscience was for software to create and share digital 3D representations of histological slides. This research project is coming to a close and we’re about to launch the product that was the focus of those 5 years of effort. It’s so exciting to be able see the research go from theory to practice. I hope that Biolucida is as helpful to other researchers as I think it will be. I also run the day-to-day operations of MBF Labs, our contract research organization (CRO). We perform data collection and analysis for foundations, pharmaceutical companies, and academic researchers. It is so fulfilling to be able to devote a good portion of my job to doing traditional research.
What’s your favorite thing about working at MBF? Every day is different. I could spend my day working on an educational webinar, analyzing the stereological data from MBF Labs, working with the software developers to make our data collection more efficient, and finish up by chatting with researchers about experimental design questions or things they would like to see in the software.
How do you spend your weekends? Snowboarding in winter. Hiking with my dog Moxie in summer.
What was the last vacation you took? My honeymoon to Belize!
Register for the MBF Bioscience Instructional Webinar: “New Features in Version 10 Neurolucida and Stereo Investigator” conducted by Dr. Hendricks, Thursday, February 24.