Bio


Dr. Tina Seelig is Professor of the Practice in the Dept of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) at Stanford University. She is also the Executive Director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the entrepreneurship center at Stanford University's School of Engineering. She teaches courses on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the dept of MS&E and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) at Stanford.

In 2009, Dr. Seelig won the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, recognizing her as a national leader in engineering education. She also received the 2008 National Olympus Innovation Award, and the 2005 Stanford Tau Beta Pi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. In 2004, STVP was named the NASDAQ Entrepreneurship Center of the Year.

Dr. Seelig earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University Medical School in 1985 where she studied Neuroscience. She has worked as a management consultant for Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, as a multimedia producer at Compaq Computer Corporation, and was the founder of a multimedia company called BookBrowser.

She has also written 16 popular science books and educational games. Her books include The Epicurean Laboratory and Incredible Edible Science, published by Scientific American; and a series of twelve games called Games for Your Brain, published by Chronicle Books. Her newest books, published by HarperCollins are What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 (2009), and inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity (2012).

Academic Appointments


  • Professor of the Practice, Management Science and Engineering

2013-14 Courses


Journal Articles


  • BETA-2-ADRENERGIC RECEPTORS ON PERIPHERAL-NERVES JOURNAL OF NEUROCHEMISTRY Schreurs, J., Seelig, T., Schulman, H. 1986; 46 (1): 294-296

    Abstract

    We report that peripheral nerves have a functional adenylate cyclase-coupled beta-adrenergic receptor. The pharmacological specificity of this receptor is shown to be of the beta 2 subtype. Two peripheral nerves, the sciatic from the frog and rat and the vagus from the rat, responded to beta 2-agonists with 10-50-fold increases in intracellular cyclic AMP level. This increase was inhibited by the beta-adrenergic antagonist propranolol. In contrast, a central nerve tract, the corpus callosum, responded to isoproterenol with only a minimal one- to twofold increase in cyclic AMP level. These studies demonstrate that peripheral nerves have beta 2-adrenergic receptors that are responsive to exogenously applied catecholamines and suggest a role for these ligands in the previously described modulation of axonal conduction.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1986AVX0700044

    View details for PubMedID 2999336

  • CYCLIC-AMP REDUCTION OF FREQUENCY FOLLOWING ABILITY IN PERIPHERAL AXONS BRAIN RESEARCH SEELIG, T. L., Grossman, Y., Kendig, J. J. 1983; 279 (1-2): 303-307

    Abstract

    Radioimmunoassays for cAMP demonstrated that a beta-adrenergic agonist, isoproterenol, increased cAMP levels in isolated frog sciatic nerve. Dibutyryl cAMP (db-cAMP) and isoproterenol reduced the amplitude of the compound action potential and decreased the ability of the Xenopus sciatic nerve to follow high frequency stimulation. Similar effects of db-cAMP and a phosphodiesterase inhibitor were seen on intracellularly recorded action potentials of single lobster peripheral axons. These results suggest that cAMP can modulate the electrophysiological response properties of both myelinated and unmyelinated axons.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1983RS76500042

    View details for PubMedID 6196092

  • CYCLIC-NUCLEOTIDE MODULATION OF NA+ AND K+ CURRENTS IN THE ISOLATED NODE OF RANVIER BRAIN RESEARCH SEELIG, T. L., Kendig, J. J. 1982; 245 (1): 144-147

    View details for Web of Science ID A1982PA88000016

    View details for PubMedID 6288192

Books and Book Chapters


  • inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity (Harper Collins) Seelig, T. 2012
  • What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 (Harper Collins) Seelig, T. 2006