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 …

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.  …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Episode 14: The Immune System and Fat Metabolism with Ricky Barrett

This week we talk 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 fat metabolism and is …

Episode 13: Amyloid Beta: Villain, or Hero in Alzheimer’s Disease?

Just Released! – Maya published a great review on Amyloid Beta’s antimicrobial properties in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease!    Free download here. 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 …

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

This interview stars Mafalda Farelo, a cellular biologist currently doing her PhD on flaviviruses, 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 flaviviruses such as dengue and west …

Episode 6: Inflammation Roundtable- Practical Strategies

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   Futher reading https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3774508/ …

SFS02: 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, …