9 episodes

The Lab Coats & Life™ Podcast provides listeners with reflective, empathetic, and widely accessible conversations with guests from all corners of science who are passionate about passing on their knowledge and experience to others. Although this podcast is for scientists, it is not your typical science podcast. Instead, each episode aims to keep you informed about useful soft skills, relevant trends, and important efforts from within the scientific community to help you thrive as a scientist. Brought to you by STEMCELL Technologies.

The Lab Coats & Life™ Podcast The Lab Coats & Life™ Podcast

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

The Lab Coats & Life™ Podcast provides listeners with reflective, empathetic, and widely accessible conversations with guests from all corners of science who are passionate about passing on their knowledge and experience to others. Although this podcast is for scientists, it is not your typical science podcast. Instead, each episode aims to keep you informed about useful soft skills, relevant trends, and important efforts from within the scientific community to help you thrive as a scientist. Brought to you by STEMCELL Technologies.

    Ep. 8: “Reducing Barriers Through Open Data” Featuring Dr. Alex Shalek

    Ep. 8: “Reducing Barriers Through Open Data” Featuring Dr. Alex Shalek

    In this episode, Drs. Nicole Quinn and Jason Goldsmith chat with Dr. Alex Shalek, the J. W. Kieckhefer Professor in the Institute for Medical Engineering & Science and the Department of Chemistry at MIT. He and members of his lab strive to engineer and create technologies and methods achievable by any lab, anywhere in the world through open source experimental protocols and computational packages. He talks about ownership, reproducibility, and privacy considerations when sharing data.

    • 48 min
    Ep. 7: “Using Social Media to Make an Impact” Featuring Dr. Sara Yeo

    Ep. 7: “Using Social Media to Make an Impact” Featuring Dr. Sara Yeo

    In this episode, Drs. Nicole Quinn and Brenda Raud chat with Dr. Sara Yeo, an Associate Professor of Communications at the University of Utah. Specializing in science and risk communication, Dr. Yeo’s research explores the intersection of science, media, and politics. She talks about building trust and engagement in science communication and how humor can help. She also discusses unconventional career paths and how social media can help scientists be more open.

    • 46 min
    Ep. 6: “How to Keep on Top of New Technologies For Your Research” Featuring Dr. Caroline Hookway

    Ep. 6: “How to Keep on Top of New Technologies For Your Research” Featuring Dr. Caroline Hookway

    In this episode, Drs. Nicole Quinn and Arun Sharma chat with Dr. Caroline Hookway, a Scientist at the Allen Institute for Cell Science, who specializes in live-cell imaging. She talks about how to choose the right technology to answer scientific questions, strategies to ensure quality and reproducibility, and overcoming barriers to adopting new technologies.

    • 33 min
    Ep. 5: “The Role of Preprints in Moving Science Forward” Featuring Dr. Richard Sever

    Ep. 5: “The Role of Preprints in Moving Science Forward” Featuring Dr. Richard Sever

    In this episode, Drs. Nicole Quinn and Daylon James chat with Dr. Richard Sever, Assistant Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York and Co-founder of the preprint servers bioRxiv and medRxiv. He discusses how preprints can help advance science, the role of funding, and the future of peer review.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep. 4: “Inclusion and Belonging in Science” Featuring Dr. Raeka Aiyar

    Ep. 4: “Inclusion and Belonging in Science” Featuring Dr. Raeka Aiyar

    In this episode, Drs. Nicole Quinn and Arun Sharma chat with Dr. Raeka Aiyar, Vice President of Scientific Outreach & Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF). Raeka is an experienced geneticist turned science communicator, whose research has focused on applying genomics to the study of disease, with the goal of enabling precision medicine. She and the hosts talk about the importance of inclusive science and how NYSCF and other organizations are working to promote equity.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep. 3: “From Mentee to Mentor: How to Help Trainees Thrive” Featuring Dr. Nika Shakiba

    Ep. 3: “From Mentee to Mentor: How to Help Trainees Thrive” Featuring Dr. Nika Shakiba

    In this episode, Drs. Nicole Quinn and Daylon James chat with Dr. Nika Shakiba, Allen Distinguished Investigator and Assistant Professor at the School for Biomedical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Nika has a passion for outreach and mentorship and is co-founder of the Advice to a Scientist initiative. Nika and the hosts talk about how the landscape of mentorship is changing, the importance of teaching scientific storytelling, and ways to build resilience.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

proteincrystals ,

Structural Biologist

This podcast has some excellent advice for graduate students studying life science disciplines, or any science discipline honestly. I have followed Jen Polk on Twitter for years and found her episode particularly helpful, as she goes through steps to help listeners work out what they really need and want in their future career and life. It helped me to realize that I don’t have to feel guilty about not continuing on in academia!

Mehj A. ,

Candid and Relatable

Stumbled across this podcast for really anyone trying to navigate science! Very candid, relatable and real content, basic questions we ask ourselves addressed with real world examples. Definitely recommend!

beccabridget ,

Helpful for scientists

This podcast is pretty interesting so far, and helpful for figuring out career options in science!

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