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Organs-On-Chips In Space - The Making of Dr Lucie Low
We made it all the way to the series finale!! And what an AMAZING episode this is!
This week, my guest is Dr. Lucie Low, Scientific Program Director of the Tissue Chips for Drug Screening Program at the National Institute of Health which encompasses programs of work such as the Tissue Chips for Disease Modelling and Tissue Chips in Space.
Organs-on-chips or tissue chips are some of the hottest tools in the biosciences right now. In this episode, find out what they are, how they have immense potential to deliver huge benefits for patients and to alleviate some of the ethical concerns of animal research by offering an alternative (and perhaps better) way of testing new drugs, cosmetics or even running clinical trials without causing any harm to animals or humans.
Lucie and I also discuss how organs-on-chips are being used in experiments carried out aboard the international space station, and some of the challenges associated with carrying out biological research in space.
We will also hear all about Lucie’s career path, how she made the decisions she did and hear her incredible advice for early career researchers.
I know I say this every time, but this really is a truly brilliant episode!
Training the Next Generation of Scientists - The Making of Dr Garrick Wilson
If it were down to you, how would you train the next generation of scientists and doctors?
This week, my guest is Dr Garrick Wilson who is the Convergence Science PhD training program manager at the Cancer Research UK Convergence Science Centre.
This is a man whose job is to literally ask: How do you make a scientist?
In this episode, Garrick shares his thoughts and opinions on how to develop the next generation of scientists and what to look for in a prospective mentor. He also recounts how he felt during his PhD interview, gives some incredible interview advice and gives us a flavour of what life was like growing up in Jamaica before moving to the UK to study.
Garrick gives very personal accounts of his thoughts and feelings at various points throughout his career. The episode is brimming full of amazing advice and it is a genuine pleasure to be able to share it. The advice in this episode is so good, I couldn't bring myself to cut anything!
Being A Clinical Academic - The Making of Professor Justin Mason
What is it like to be a clinical academic researcher?
To explore this, I am joined this week by Professor Justin Mason, a Professor of Vascular Rheumatology at Imperial College London.
Justin is an incredibly distinguished academic who runs both a highly successful research group and a large vessel vasculitis clinic at Hammersmith hospital.
This week is a brilliant episode - featuring an overview of Justin's cutting edge research, some amazing personal stories from throughout his career, and of course some fantastic advice for early career researchers.
We really do dive in deep and discuss a lot! Including: how Justin first became interested in immunology as a junior doctor, his research aims in rheumatology and some incredible stories of how he conducted his research in Africa and London - which features radioactive pigs and some unorthodox (but very effective) methods of storing and shipping samples back to London.
Some amazing stories - be sure to tune in and subscribe!
Sounding Out Biomedical Research - The Making of Dr James Armstrong
We have all felt the bass pulsing through us in a nightclub, but how can sound be leveraged as a biological research tool?
This week, my guest is Dr James Armstrong, who is a Research Fellow in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London.
James is an outstanding early career academic and has published research papers in fields such as ultrasound manipulation, tissue engineering and 3D bioprinting. During the pandemic, James also organised the highly successful virtual seminars in biomedical science - bringing together researchers in the biomedical community from the across the world. He is also an incredible mentor, and has been awarded the Imperial College President’s medal for Outstanding Assistant Supervisor.
In this episode, we discuss how James is currently using ultrasound as a biological research tool and the potential future applications this can have! We also discuss James’ career path and all of the brilliant advice that he was either given or wishes he would have heard much sooner in his career.
Since recording this podcast, James has accepted a position at the University of Bristol to set up his own independent research group focused on engineering complex living systems and he is looking for PhD students and postdocs to join him - if you are interested you can find out more by visiting www.TheArmstrongGroup.co.uk
Long Covid & Public Health - The Making of Dr Nisreen Alwan
Good public health measures seem like an overreaction - because nothing happens!
This week my guest is Dr Nisreen Alwan, who is an associate professor in Public Health at the University of Southampton.
Nisreen is an incredible role model and was named amongst other inspiring and influential women from around the world in the BBC 100 Women 2020 list. She was also awarded an MBE in the 2021 NY honours list for services to Medicine and Public Health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this episode we discuss all about Nisreen's research into the health and wellbeing of women and children, where she specialises on pregnancy. We also talk all about long covid, what it is like to be a prominent figure on twitter, Nisreen’s career path and her golden advice for early career researchers.
This is such a brilliant episode - dive in!
Grants and Grant Funding Advice For ECRs - The Making of Professor Giovanni Mann
How do you get that very first grant as an early career researcher? What goes on behind the scenes from the perspective of grant writing?
This week, my guest is Professor Giovanni Mann who is a Professor of Vascular Physiology at King’s College London. Giovanni has served as President of multiple learned societies and has been on the panels for many esteemed funding bodies including the British Heart Foundation.
In this episode, hear Giovanni’s advice about grants and grant funding for early career researchers. We also discuss Giovanni’s path through the American university system where he initially studied zoology, before he moved to the UK to pursue doctoral and postdoctoral studies in Physiology before becoming a Professor. There are a lot of brilliant nuggets of advice dotted throughout this interview, so keep your ears peeled!