Why does the brain have the shape it does? This is the question that cosmologist Bruno Mota seeks to answer by applying methods from physics to understand the development of this organ. Bruno, who has a traditional academic background, completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees in physics at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and earned his doctorate in cosmology at the Brazilian Center for Physics Research. Interestingly, it was during a samba circle that he had a conversation that would shape his post-doctoral research. Bruno was drawn to neuroscience due to the way a simple process can lead to complexity in the brain over time, seeing parallels with his field of study. Currently at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), he is investigating the physical laws that govern the development and form of the human nervous system, seeking commonalities between the physical and biological realms.