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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,...