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Episode 20: Biomedical Engineering and Science Education with Stephanie Teeter

Our second ComSciCon Triangle interview was with Stephanie Teeter from NC State. Stephanie is a technician for two biomedical engineering labs, and she is working towards her PhD in Science Education. We discuss practical applications of biomedical engineering, like prosthetics, and the challenges with Science Education in academia. Follow Stephanie on Twitter. Read more on the lab webpages: Orthopaedic Mechanobiology Lab Translational Orthopaedic Research Lab This episode...


Episode 19: Bluebirders vs House Sparrows with Suzanne Hartley

I got the chance to sit down with Suzanne Hartley, a graduate student at North Carolina State University. Suzanne researches how to help Bluebirds in their surprisingly violent turf war with House Sparrows, and how we can use this war to learn about environmental toxins like pesticides or other chemicals. Bluebirds are a beautiful, native species in North America, but they are constantly harassed by House Sparrows, an invasive species from Europe. Listen in to learn about Bluebird...


Episode 18: Science Policy and Activism with Dr. Frances Colón

Straight from a Scientist headed south for Spring Break and got a chance to speak with Dr. Frances Colón. Dr. Colón served as science adviser to the State Department under the Obama administration. We discuss the responsibility scientists have to communicate their findings directly to the public, and how scientists can enact change by putting pressure on civic leaders. Connect with Dr. Colón on LinkedIn Follow Dr. Colón on Twitter Episode Interviewer: Connor Wander


Episode 17: Addiction and Sex differences in the Brain with Jean Rivera

Jean completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico (UPRM) majoring in Chemistry, with minors in Psychology and Biology. His undergraduate research focused primarily on explosives and forensic chemistry in the laboratories of Dr. Samuel Hernandez and Dr. Carmen Vega. He then pursued a 2-year research internship at Tufts Medical School as an NIH-PREP scholar in the Neuroscience Program. There, he studied the downstream mechanisms of BDNF on the control of appetite and...


Episode 16: Marine Biology and Climate Change with Dr. Jordan Grigor

Last week, I got the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Jordan Grigor, a postdoc working at the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV). He is both an educator and marine biology scientist. We cover the uncertain future of keystone species like plankton in the arctic, and discuss the unique science education program at the SSMV that helps kids learn about science and marine ecosystems. Click here to support the SSMV aquarium. This was my first remote recording, as the podcast...


Episode 15: Promising New Treatments for Parkinson Disease with Irene Gonzalez

Today we sit down and talk with Irene Gonzalez about Parkinson Disease. Irene is a Master student who is currently studying neurodegenerative diseases. In this podcast, we cover the molecular pathology of Parkinson as well as discuss some promising new treatments. Irene can be contacted on Instagram at @iglezbur


The Immune System and Fat Metabolism with Ricky Barrett

This week we sit down with Ricky Barrett, a PhD candidate at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Ricky researches the poorly understood role of immune cells like macrophages in fat metabolism. The immune system isn't just for protecting against infections- it is a key regulator of metabolism and is often overlooked! We discuss all of this in the context of atherosclerosis, which can cause chest pain, heart attacks or even stroke! You can find Ricky on social media @rickbarr21 on...


Amyloid Beta: Villain, or Hero in Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer's disease is the most predominant neurodegenerative disorder of our time, and is an imminent health crisis in countries like the United States, where 15 million people are expected to suffer from the disease by 2050. Alzheimer's disease is an age-related disorder that causes brain shrinkage, memory loss, and eventually, death. This week we discuss major paradigm shifts in Alzheimer's disease research. For decades, Alzheimer's disease researchers have argued over what causes the...


Episode 12: The Neuroscience of Consciousness & Free Will with Daniel Toker

Today we spoke with Neuroscientist Daniel Toker about theories of consciousness and how mathematical models can be used to study the brain. We get philosophical on the scientific basis of consciousness as well as cover the complex concept of free will. Daniel Toker is a neuroscience PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley who did his undergrad in philosophy and neuroscience at Princeton University. He specializes in computational and cognitive neuroscience. Daniel researches...


Episode 11: Maya Gosztyla -Alzheimers, Axons, Fruit Flies, and Free Time

This interview podcast features Maya Gosztyla, an undergraduate researcher at THE Ohio State University. Maya researches the genetics of axon guidance, or brain wiring in fruit flies, and runs her own Alzheimer's Disease learning blog called AlzScience. We discuss her research, how she balances work with free time, and how she worked her way into her first research lab without hands-on experience. Here's a great post by Maya on AlzScience describing Alzheimer's Disease Here are her...


Episode 10: How does food affect our brain? Nutritional Neuroscience with Miguel Mateas

Today we interview Miguel Mateas about the intriguing field of nutritional neuroscience: how does the food we eat affect our brain function. About Miguel Miguel Toribio-Mateas is a nutrition practitioner (BSc Hons Nutritional Medicine) and clinical neuroscientist (MSc) living in the UK and working in London. Miguel got a Santander Bank Scholarship for doctoral research in 2016 and is currently a doctoral candidate at Middlesex University investigating the impact of nutrition in brain...


Episode 9: Should I be worried about Zika? Flaviviruses with Mafalda

This interview stars Mafalda Farelo, a cellular biologist currently doing her PhD on faviviruses, specifically the Zika virus. We talk about the famous Zika scare from last year, its effect on Neurogenesis and why pregnant women need to be careful. We also discuss other falviviruses such as dengue and west nile. Lastly we talk about the current research and how scientists are attempting to combat the spreading of these viruses. Contact Mafalda on instagram: @thelabnotebook or by email...


Episode 8: Cognitive Benefits and Practical Strategies of Language Learning

Episode 8: Cognitive Benefits and Practical Strategies of Language Learning Julian interviews JP, a polyglot and language professor, about practical language learning strategies as well as the cognitive benefits of learning a second (and eventually third) language. They discuss their personal journeys and experiences while explaining some of the neuroscience behind language learning. Finally they offer practical advice on how to get started and how to personalize an individual language...


Episode 7: Adrenaline and Nicotine- The Autonomic Nervous System

Connor and Julian break down the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). They discuss what it means to them, and how the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems jockey for control of our bodies in everyday life situations. We mention a few drugs of interest, as well as practical strategies and activities for controlling each side of the ANS. Check out the companion infographic for a more detailed explanation of the...


Episode 6: Inflammation Roundtable

What is inflammation? Is it all bad? Why is it linked to virtually all chronic diseases? Answers and practical strategies for striking the right balance with inflammation in everyday life on SFS Episode 6: Inflammation Roundtable In this podcast: Heba Al Housseiny Julian Dallmeier Connor Wander


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Straight from a Scientist Episode 3: Microbiome Roundtable

Connor and Julian sit down for the first Roundtable episode of the podcast on the microbiome. We break down the basics and chat a bit about the future of the field and it’s broader implications. Within this podcast we will explain what the microbiome is, and why it is such a growing and important area of research. Here is a guide on how to obtain a kombucha scoby. And another guide on how to make your own kombucha Lebanese Laban Ayran (with garlic) recipe here


Straight from a Scientist Episode 2: Pathways into Science and GABA in Alzheimer’s Disease

Jake Knight sits down with Connor Wander, a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill’s pharmacology program, and a co-founder of the Straight from a Scientist Podcast. In this interview we delve into Connor’s inspiration and path into science as a career. We also get a brief summary of his research, which studies GABAergic neural networks in Alzheimer’s Disease. Interviewee: Connor Wander (SFS member) SFS interviewer: Jake Knight


Straight from a Scientist Episode 1: Genetic Testing and Diagnostics

In this podcast we interview Nidal Sarsour, a longtime friend of Connor Wander and a fellow Virginia Tech alumn. Nidal is currently working at a genetic diagnostics company and is working on his Master’s Degree in Bioinformatics at Johns Hopkins University. This podcast is currently in draft format, and is missing the companion pieces where we plan to explain the topics discussed, like DNA, epigenetics, cancer genes, and computational biology. SFS members present: Julian Dallmeier,...


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