6 episodes

Welcome to the BioHackers Podcast! Each week, David and Alex welcome a world-class BioHacking guest to explore interesting topics within the BioHacker movement, including Chaos Theory, AI in Biosciences, Climate Change, and BioHackathons. BioHackers are a community of digital biotechnicians dedicated to solving many of the world’s toughest problems by closing the data-driven R&D workforce demand gap. This ecosystem of skilled data workers work together to mitigate climate change, inequality in education, cancer, hunger, cultural resilience, and global digital transformation.

BioHackers Podcast David James Clarke IV and Alex Feltus

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Welcome to the BioHackers Podcast! Each week, David and Alex welcome a world-class BioHacking guest to explore interesting topics within the BioHacker movement, including Chaos Theory, AI in Biosciences, Climate Change, and BioHackathons. BioHackers are a community of digital biotechnicians dedicated to solving many of the world’s toughest problems by closing the data-driven R&D workforce demand gap. This ecosystem of skilled data workers work together to mitigate climate change, inequality in education, cancer, hunger, cultural resilience, and global digital transformation.

    BioHackers Podcast Ep. 6 – BioHackathons featuring Courtney Shearer

    BioHackers Podcast Ep. 6 – BioHackathons featuring Courtney Shearer

    Welcome to Episode 6 of the BioHackers Podcast!
    In this episode, David and Alex welcome Courtney Shearer from Harvard Medical School. Together, they discuss Courtney’s journey from Clemson to Crispr to Harvard, the power of biohacking, the joy of interdisciplinary collaboration, the Zen of running, virtual research in biotechnology, and the best way to learn new skills. 
    Watch the Video Podcast on YouTube: https://youtu.be/bpHI-ODEI8A
    Here is a list of topics: 
    Welcome to Episode 6 (00:00)Alex’s Experience with Hackathons (03:39)Upcoming BioHackers BioHackathons (05:09)Welcome Courtney to the Show (06:10)Courtney’s Time at Clemson (07:17)Courtney’s Time in Industry (10:45)Courtney’s Lab (13:14)What Are BioHackathons? (17:08)Collaboration as an Educational Goal (22:35)Navigating a Spectrum of Skills to Solve Problems (27:30)Is the Hackathon the Ideal Model for New Skill Acquisition? (31:14)Virtual Hackathons (35:12)Courtney’s Favorite Hackathon Experience (38:24)Alex’s Favorite Hackathon Experience (40:05)What is Courtney’s Plan After Her PhD? (45:45)What is a BioHacker to You? (47:57)  Closing Thoughts (50:03)Enjoy the Show! 

    • 52 min
    BioHackers Podcast Ep. 5 – Emergence of Psychohistory featuring Ken Matusow

    BioHackers Podcast Ep. 5 – Emergence of Psychohistory featuring Ken Matusow

    Welcome to Episode 5 of the BioHackers Podcast!
    In this episode, David and Alex welcome famous inventor and systems theorist Ken Matusow to the show. Together, they discuss the emergence of quantum mechanics as a tool for curing cancer, the power of imaginary numbers, the New Renaissance, quantum weirdness, and valuable life lessons learned from Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy. 
    Watch the Video Podcast on YouTube: https://youtu.be/isBLpZwArgc 
    Here is a list of topics: 
    Welcome to Episode 5 (00:00)Complexity: The New Renaissance (01:32)How Can Quantum Mechanics Explain Biology? (06:21)Welcome Ken to the Show (09:50)Ken’s Story: Serendipity and Silicon Valley (11:50)The New Renaissance and Deeper Truth (18:05)Quantum Mechanics as a Tool for Curing Cancer (25:14)Tricorder: 4-Dimensional Tools to Understand Complexity (35:10)Foundation 2022: Paper 1 – Uncertainty (39:25)Quantum Weirdness: Nature Isn’t Weird (44:29)The New Renaissance: Education Transformation (47:26)Foundation 2022: Paper 2 – Nentropy (54:47)How To Roll 20,000 Dice (01:00:47)Foundation 2022: Paper 3 – Predicate (01:07:01)Psychohistory: Ability to Understand our New Reality (01:12:45)Supercomputer-powered Systems Biology (01:14:40)What is a BioHacker to You? (01:19:20)  Closing Thoughts (01:24:00)Enjoy the Show!

    Link to Alex’s Paper on Quantum Mechanics in Cancer: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29802335/ 

    • 1 hr 27 min
    BioHackers Podcast Ep. 4 – Dynamic Cellular Models featuring Marc Birtwistle

    BioHackers Podcast Ep. 4 – Dynamic Cellular Models featuring Marc Birtwistle

    Welcome to Episode 4 of the BioHackers Podcast!
     In this episode, David and Alex welcome Marc Birtwistle to the show. Together, they discuss mathematical modeling as a time machine for the cell, the lab of the future, great advice for careers in science, kinesthetic learning, and Marc’s cool new company, Blotting Innovations.  
     Watch the Video Podcast on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/ATWPnCblx0M 
     Here is a list of topics: 
    Welcome to Episode 4 (00:00)In Silico Science (01:01)Modeling Weather of the Cell (03:26)Welcome Marc to the Show (06:42)Don’t Panic – Marc’s Story I (08:54)Pivot into Biosciences (13:49)Lab of the Future (18:58)When You Stop Moving … You’re Dead (24:54)Modeling is a Time Machine (27:01)Causality: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (30:26)Modeling is an Aha Moment for Cell Biology (33:15)Models as Kinesthetic Learning Tools (40:45) Blotting Innovations – Marc’s Story II (43:20)What is a BioHacker to You? (50:08)   Enjoy the Show! 

    • 55 min
    BioHackers Podcast Ep. 3 - Biodata, AI, & Workflows featuring Ben Sherman

    BioHackers Podcast Ep. 3 - Biodata, AI, & Workflows featuring Ben Sherman

    Welcome to Episode 3 of the BioHackers Podcast!
    In this episode, David and Alex welcome Ben Sherman to the show. Together, they discuss the role of AI in finding patterns in data, the magic of workflows, image analytics, the top 3 skills of a computational scientist, and how to become a Groovy coder.  
    Watch the Video Podcast on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Q5kSRbg2w1M
    Here is a list of topics:  
    Welcome to Episode 3 (00:00)AI Eyes Find Patterns in Data (02:45)Feltus + GTA + AI = Tumor Genomics (06:00)Welcome Ben to the Show (07:30)How Did You Get into AI and Bioscience? (11:32)Magic of Workflows | Ben’s Dream Job (15:30)Workflow Managers = Next Generation of Code (18:28)How Hard is it to Use Workflow Managers? (21:14)“Groovy” Nextflow Programming Language (25:49)Nextflow Tower is an Onramp to the Cloud (29:38)BioScience Research is Troubleshooting (31:50)AI Applications for BioSciences (36:04)Image Analytics is Common Denominator for AI Applications (46:04)Top 3 Skills to become a Computational Scientist (48:09)What is a BioHacker to You? (54:30)  Enjoy the Show! 

    • 58 min
    BioHackers Podcast Ep. 2 - Chaos Theory featuring Reed Bender

    BioHackers Podcast Ep. 2 - Chaos Theory featuring Reed Bender

    Welcome to Episode 2 of the BioHackers Podcast!
    In this episode, David and Alex welcome Reed Bender to the show. Together, they discuss creative ways for science to help find order in life’s randomness, including chaos theory, yoga’s role in biosciences, single cell RNA sequencing, democratized compute, sonic brain interactions, and holistic approaches to cancer research. It is a lot of FUN! 
    Watch the Video Podcast on YouTube: https://youtu.be/k6g3l8ZI-VM
    Here is a list of topics: 
    Welcome to Episode 2 (00:00)What is Chaos Theory? (00:44)The Order of Life’s Randomness (02:30)Welcome Guest: Reed Bender (05:39)Integrating Yoga and BioSciences (09:26)BioHackathon (13:40)Chaos Theory in BioSciences (14:45)Can BioHackers Disintermediate Science and Medicine? (18:21)What is Single Cell RNA Sequencing? (24:41)How to Achieve Democratized Compute (31:52)Is Compute a Fundamental Service? (35:08)Is Discord a Good Model for Democratized Compute? (38:24)Currency Mining and the Development of Compute-based Biology Research (43:43)Holistic Perspective Toward Cancer Research (48:00)Universe as a Cloud (50:10)Sound and the Brain (52:57)What is a Biohacker to You? (1:01:05)Closing Comments (1:04:45)Enjoy the Show! 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    BioHackers Podcast Ep. 1 - What is a BioHacker featuring Alex Feltus

    BioHackers Podcast Ep. 1 - What is a BioHacker featuring Alex Feltus

    Welcome to the inaugural episode of the BioHackers Podcast!

    In this episode, David and Alex discuss the formation and growth of the BioHacker movement, including the first BioHackathon (for Bill Paseman), the next iteration of the Vulcan Academy, Chaos Theory, the Praxis AI mission, Climate Change, and details on how you too can become a BioHacker (for free)!

    Watch the Video Podcast on YouTube: https://youtu.be/41VnqSEHLk4

    Here is a list of topics: 

    • Welcome to Episode 1 (00:00)
    • What are you vibing right now? (02:02)
    • What is a BioHacker? (04:31)
    • BioHackathon collaboration in Discord (09:48)
    • Education to employment with digital credentials (13:34)
    • Expanding the Feltus lab (17:32)
    • What excites you in science today? (21:14)
    • BioHacking climate change (25:07)
    • Praxis AI mission (27:56)
    • Wrangle BioHackathon for lung cancer (28:24)
    • How do I become a BioHacker? (29:22)
    • Join the BioHacker journey (32:37)
    • Do gigaflops empower systems biology? (35:38)

    Enjoy the Show!

    • 37 min

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