Andrea is a neurophysiologist whose research focused on how human brains regulate blood pressure and breathing, and how birds’ brains process visual motion. However, while working on her Ph.D., Gaede also read and summarized biotechnology patents and litigation to assist a research professor who was writing a book. “I was one of those few people who found it not boring,” Gaede said. So after completing post-doctoral research, she applied for the judicial branch fellowship as an early-career scientist with no legal background.
During her fellowship, she designed and developed a multi-part online resource on neuroscience and law for federal judges and court staff. The interactive course teaches neuroscience basics as well as specific research related to scientific evidence that could be used in court. The modules cover topics from addiction science to brain imaging technologies to how differences in levels of brain development impact behavior.
We interviewed her about her fellowship experience in 2018. Hear the podcast here.