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Sneak-peek of the ISSCR annual meeting 2024

Stem cells are intriguing cells with a lot of flexibility in their biographies. And these cells are the focus of the annual meeting of the International Society for St...

A chat with NSF director Dr Sethuraman Panchanathan

This podcast is with Dr Sethuraman Panchanathan who directs the US National Science Foundation. He talks about his nickname, about AI and data science, about training ...

Science while parenting, part 1

Can you be a scientist and parent? Of course. But it's not always easy. Dr. Ying Diao is at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in the chemical and biomolecula...

Here’s some dirt

This episode is about dirt or, phrased more scientifically, soil. It’s about soil health, soil biodiversity and ecology. It’s a conversation with Dr. Ciska Veen, soil ...

Persistence and success in science

Jean King, who is the dean of arts and sciences at WPI-Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, talks about what Nobel Laureate Katalin Karikó mean...

How to get big projects to soar: Anna Barker, Ellison Institute and former principal deputy director of the US National Cancer Institute

What good does it do to start a big research project? How do you get it to soar? Dr. Anna Barker has some answers about that from the past, the present and the future....

Sneak-peek of SfN 2023

The Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, a big conference in neuroscience, is about to start. This year, it's in Washington. And here is a sneak peek of the meetin...

When housing insecurity gets in the way

Science and academia need diversity. Easier said than done because, for example, many students face housing insecurity, which keeps them from a focus on their studies....

Lab languages

Labs and a lab's team members often speak many languages. Science is international. But in a lab environment languages can set people apart. I wrote a story about lab ...

Athlete-scientists Part 2

Dr. Liz Bradley, who is on the computer science faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder, is an athlete-scientist. She is a mathematician and a former Olympic row...

Science and the arts

Science and the arts have much to say to one another. This episode is a conversation between scientists and artists, between scientists who foster the arts through fel...

Trees: A conversation with David Neale, University of California, Davis

A conversation with David Neale, professor emeritus of the University of California Davis and director of the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation. As a forester and sc...

Athlete-scientists Part 1

University of California San Diego researcher Dr. Gene Yeo is an athlete-scientist. He has completed two Iron Man competitions, a number of half Iron Man competitions ...

The push-pull of cells

Cells push things around and get pushed around, it's all in a day's work. Tracking this, such as by tracking actin and the cytoskeleton, takes microscopy and labels. L...

Long-read sequencing: Steven Salzberg, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Steven Salzberg is a Johns Hopkins University researcher and director of the Center for Computational Biology at Hopkins. I spoke with him about genomics, about lo...

Long-read sequencing: Gordon Sanghera, CEO of Oxford Nanopore Technologies.

When scientists want to know about genes, chances are they use instruments called sequencers. Some of them can generate long-reads, which helps with analyzing genomes....

Long-read sequencing: Jonas Korlach, CSO of Pacific Biosciences

When scientists want to know about genes, chances are they use instruments called sequencers. Some of them can generate long-reads, which helps with analyzing genomes....

Invisible adversity

Dr Uri Manor is a researcher at the Salk Institute who studies the dynamics of cells and Aly Putnam is a PhD student at University of Massachusetts in Amherst. They ar...

Sneak-peek of SfN 2022

Annually, 20,000 - 25,000 researchers in neuroscience, both basic researchers and clinicians, come together at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. It's...

Creative grit: the Global South takes on COVID-19, Episode 3

Two billion people, a quarter of humanity, play a special role with COVID-19 infections. Dr. Thomas Egwang, director general of Med Biotech Laboratories, a research la...

Speaking for the ocean

A conversation with sailor-scientist Romain Troublé from Tara Ocean Foundation. He is executive director of the foundation devoted to the ocean and ocean research. And...

A model is a model is a ...

Models are important tools: they resemble, they mimic, they imitate something to a greater or lesser extent.  How similar models are to the 'real thing' is usually a c...

Creative grit: the Global South takes on COVID-19, Episode 2

I asked Dr. Leo Poon, who co-directs the Hong Kong University Pasteur Research Pole, if he has a fleet of private jets. He does not. But he wishes he did. He and his t...

Ukraine and science, episode 2

How is the Russian invasion of Ukraine affecting scientists? Here is episode 2 on this subject, a conversation with Dr. Svitlana Dekina, a researcher at the A.V. Bogat...

Ukraine and science, episode 1

How is the Russian invasion of Ukraine affecting scientists? Here is a conversation with Dmytro Gospodaryov, a researcher in the department of biochemistry and biotech...

Creative grit: the Global South takes on COVID-19, Episode 1

Virologist Dr Marycelin Baba from the University of Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria has a can-do approach to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. That is linked t...

The CRISPR Children, Episode 4

Around three years ago, three children were born with genomes edited before their birth. They are supposedly doing ok, sources tell me. But it's hard to know for sure....

Predicting protein structure, episode 4

This episode is about AlphaFold and the impact it is having on junior scientists. I spoke with a group of them from different labs at the Max Planck Institute of Bioch...

Predicting protein structure, episode 3

A chat with conversation with some members of the Rost lab  at the Technical University of Munich. Dr. Maria Littmann, postdoctoral fellow, and PhD students Konstantin...

Predicting protein structure, episode 2

Data about proteins has a home in the Protein Data Bank (PDB). Structural data for over 180,000 proteins. Now, with AlphaFold from DeepMind Technologies, an Alphabet c...