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From MIT Biology and Whitehead Institute: the podcast where we get to know a biologist, where they came from, and where they’re going next. In each episode, we talk to a biology graduate student about what experiences drew them into science and how those experiences have shaped their research.

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From MIT Biology and Whitehead Institute: the podcast where we get to know a biologist, where they came from, and where they’re going next. In each episode, we talk to a biology graduate student about what experiences drew them into science and how those experiences have shaped their research.

    Converging Paths, Ep. 2: Avi Singer

    Converging Paths, Ep. 2: Avi Singer

    Season 2 features stories of converging paths. In our second episode, we hear how graduate student Avi Singer of the Keating lab applies chemistry to biological problems, collaborating with computational biologists to explore how even small chemical changes to our body’s building blocks can have far-reaching consequences.

    Produced by Raleigh McElvery and Conor Gearin. Music for this episode came from the Free Music Archive and Blue Dot Sessions at www.sessions.blue. In order of appearance: “Something Elated” — Broke for Free, “Tiny Putty” — Blue Dot Sessions, “Beignet” — Blue Dot Sessions, “Awaiting an Arrival” — Blue Dot Sessions, “Palladian” — Blue Dot Sessions, “Turning to You” — Blue Dot Sessions, “True Blue Sky” — Blue Dot Sessions, “Tarte Tatin” — Blue Dot Sessions, “Dusting” — Blue Dot Sessions, “Hundred Mile” — Blue Dot Sessions

    • 17 min
    Converging Paths, Ep. 1: Sophia Xu

    Converging Paths, Ep. 1: Sophia Xu

    Season 2 features stories of converging paths. In our first episode, we meet Sophia Xu, a graduate student in Jing-Ke Weng’s lab at Whitehead Institute, who’s bringing together modern scientific methods and ancient Eastern herbal remedies to investigate how molecules from natural products interact with the human body—and maybe even find a cure for hangovers along the way.

    Produced by Raleigh McElvery and Conor Gearin. Music for this episode came from the Free Music Archive and Blue Dot Sessions at www.sessions.blue. In order of appearance:

    “Something Elated” — Broke for Free
    “Children of Lemuel” — Blue Dot Sessions
    “Rapids” — Blue Dot Sessions
    “Rafter” — Blue Dot Sessions
    “When in the West” — Blue Dot Sessions
    “Silver Lanyard” — Blue Dot Sessions
    “Falaal” — Blue Dot Sessions
    “Building the Sled” — Blue Dot Sessions
    “Thannoid” — Blue Dot Sessions

    • 17 min
    Surprises, Ep. 3: Summer Morrill

    Surprises, Ep. 3: Summer Morrill

    In the third and final episode of Season 1: Surprises, graduate student Summer Morrill from Angelika Amon’s lab tells us how her interest in cancer had her on track to become a genetic counselor, helping people process challenging diagnoses — until she realized how she could make a difference in another way, by studying the most fundamental of cellular functions.

    Music for this episode came from the Free Music Archive, Blue Dot Sessions at www.sessions.blue, and Podington Bear at soundofpicture.com. In order of appearance:
    “Something Elated” – Broke for Free
    “Camp Fermin” – Blue Dot Sessions
    “Bedroll” – Blue Dot Sessions
    “Bundt” – Blue Dot Sessions
    “Palms Down” – Blue Dot Sessions
    “Trod Along” – Blue Dot Sessions
    “Guinea” – Blue Dot Sessions
    “Entwined Oddity” – Blue Dot Sessions
    “Thrum Room” – Podington Bear

    • 15 min
    Surprises, Ep. 2: Alicia Zamudio

    Surprises, Ep. 2: Alicia Zamudio

    In the second episode of Season 1: Surprises, graduate student Alicia Zamudio from Richard Young’s lab shares her story of moving from Mexico to the U.S. to study psychology and become a writer — until she discovered a new passion that seemed like something out of science fiction.

    Music for this episode came from the Free Music Archive, Blue Dot Sessions at www.sessions.blue, and Podington Bear at soundofpicture.com. In order of appearance:
    “Something Elated” – Broke for Free
    “Many Hands” – Podington Bear
    “Ant Farm” – Podington Bear
    “Bright White” – Podington Bear
    “Pretty Build” – Podington Bear
    “Anders” – Blue Dot Sessions at
    “Soothe” – Blue Dot Sessions at
    “Arizona Moon” – Blue Dot Sessions
    “Trundle” – Podington Bear

    • 14 min
    Surprises, Ep. 1: Kwadwo Owusu-Boaitey

    Surprises, Ep. 1: Kwadwo Owusu-Boaitey

    In the first episode of Season 1: Surprises, graduate student Kwadwo Owusu-Boaitey from Peter Reddien’s lab tells us how he transformed from a high school soccer prospect to an MD-PhD student who researches how flatworms called planarians regenerate body parts.

    Music for this episode came from the Free Music Archive, Blue Dot Sessions at www.sessions.blue, and Podington Bear at soundofpicture.com. In order of appearance:
    “Something Elated” – Broke for Free
    “My Luck” – Broke for Free
    “Lamb Drop” – Blue Dot Sessions
    “Colrain” – Blue Dot Sessions
    “Algo Rhythm Natural” – Podington Bear

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

Julianstanley ,

Great!

Great job, y’all! These interviews are interesting and generally well-produced. I’m excited to hear more stories!

The only small criticism I have is that the introduction and music sound identical to the “Myths and Legends” podcast, which I’ve been listening to for ~5 years. It’s all open source and fair game, but it throws me off every time by making me think I clicked on the wrong podcast.

Thanks for taking the time to make this! Keep it up!

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