center for systems

& synthetic biology

an NIGMS national systems biology center


Catalyzing innovation in science with design thinking approaches

October 28, 2011

We all know how the scientific method works: you come up with a hypothesis, perform experiments, collect results, and then refine the conclusions.  But scientists also realize this isn’t how many research findings actually come about. Are there other mechanisms by which scientists can push innovation in the lab? Center Director Wendell Lim and his lab members have partnered with the design firm IDEO to try and infuse 'design thinking' approaches into the way they conduct their research. This unique collaboration was recently featured in a news analysis in Cell. Read more