Are you searching for great stories to ignite your curiosity, teach you to perform better in life and career, inspire your mind, and make you laugh along the way? In this science podcast, Dr. Marie McNeely introduces you to the brilliant researchers behind the latest scientific discoveries. Join us as they share their greatest failures, most staggering successes, candid career advice, and what drives them forward in life and science.
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Greetings science fans!
We’re elated to welcome you to People Behind the Science where we explore the lives and experiences of the people behind the research and scientific discoveries of today.
People Behind the Science’s mission is to inspire current and future scientists, share the different paths to a successful career in science, educate the general population on what scientists do, and show the human side of science.
In each episode, a different scientist will guide us through their journey by sharing their successes, failures, and passions. We are excited to introduce you to these inspiring academic and industry experts from all fields of science to give you a variety of perspectives on the life and path of a scientist.
Our esteemed guests will tell you:
what motivates them and how they balance their competing responsibilities
how they worked through some of the most challenging times in their careers
advice to help you through your own journey through life and science
People Behind the Science is a podcast focused on the people doing fascinating research through interviews with top scientists. We are proud to have interviewed so many inspiring scientists, including U.S. National Academy scientists like Josh Sanes, Nick Spitzer, Lou Muglia, Jacob Israelachvili, Gene Robinson, Larry Squire, John Dowling, James Berger, and David Spergel, as well as popular scientists in the media like Donna Nelson (science advisor for the TV show Breaking Bad) and Jack Horner (science advisor for the Jurassic park movies). We are honored to have shared their amazing stories with people in all 50 states in the USA and in over 120 countries across the world.
Fueling Up on Inspiration Investigating How Bacteria Can Facilitate Biofuel Production - Dr. Jan Westpheling
Dr. Jan Westpheling is a Professor of Genetics in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia. Jan's lab works to engineer bacteria that help convert non-food crop plants like switchgrass into useful fuels like ethanol. Outside of research, she loves gardening. Over the years, Jan has been planting specific trees and putting out feed to attract birds, and her property has become a bird sanctuary. She loves spending time outside enjoying nature and the wildlife around her.
A Neuroscientist Following His Nose to Exciting Discoveries in Neuromodulation of Olfactory Circuits - Dr. Ricardo Areneda
Dr. Ricardo Araneda is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland. He studies the sense of smell. Smells are important in communication for many animals, and there is a strong link between smell and taste. He studies the cells in the brain that help us determine what we are smelling and make decisions about how to respond to it. Ricardo has various hobbies outside of science, including painting, photography, and cycling. He also likes to run on the beach with his dog.
Unraveling the Roles and Therapeutic Potential of the Enzymes that Translate our Genetic Code - Dr. Paul Schimmel
Dr. Paul Schimmel is Professor of Molecular Medicine and of Chemistry at Scripps Research Institute. He is also affiliated with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and is co-founder or founding director of 11 biotech companies developing new therapies for human diseases. His research focuses on the origin of life and the genetic code. When working, Paul loves being on the water on his powerboat. For 25 years, he and his wife have enjoyed exploring the islands and coasts of the Pacific Northwest.
Treating Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors - Dr. Wakenda Tyler
Dr. Wakenda Tyler is an Associate Professor in Orthopaedic Oncology and Metabolic Bone Disease and Adult Reconstruction at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Wakenda is an orthopedic surgeon with a clinical and research focus on cancerous tumours found in bones, tendon, soft tissue, ligament, and muscles. Wakenda likes to spend her free time running (especially in charity races), snowboarding, skiing, hiking, scuba diving, and traveling to new places.
Conducting Research on Bimanual Coordination and Arm Use After Stroke - Dr. Shailesh Kantak
Dr. Shailesh Kantak is a clinician scientist, an Institute Scientist, and Director of the Neuroplasticity and Motor Behavior Lab at MRRI. He is also Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University. Shailesh is dedicated to helping people with neurological injuries recover better and more quickly. He is studying why some people respond well to treatments and recover more fully, while others do not. Cooking, sharing homemade meals with friends, gardening, and traveling bring Shailesh much joy
Not Wasting Any Time in Search of Genetic Treatments for Muscular Dystrophy - Dr. Kay Davies
Professor Dame Kay Davies is the Dr. Lee's Professor of Anatomy and Director of the MRC Functional Genomics Unit at the University of Oxford. Kay uses genetics techniques to help find effective treatments for muscular dystrophy. Much of her work has focused on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a severe and progressive muscle wasting disease that primarily affects males. When she’s not working, Kay loves taking walks in the English countryside, listening to classical music, and playing the piano.
Voyage through the cosmos. 🌌
Dr. Marie McNeely introduces scientists and their stories to the public in a unique and profound manner, she has a logical approach to crucial conversations.
“Einstein was urging us to tear down the walls around science that have excluded and intimidated so many of us — to translate scientific insights from the jargon of its priesthood into the spoken language shared by us all, so that we may take these insights to heart and be changed by a personal encounter with the wonders they reveal.”
— COSMOS: Possible Worlds by Ann Druyan. 🌌
Excellent episode with Dr. Weiner
The cancer research (and successes!) that you illustrated in your interview has definitely given me hope, as David wished. If I need to wrestle with cancer yet again, I’m glad he and his colleagues have my back.
First experience with science
My daughters 8th birthday, she received a microscope, she is hooked, she enjoys me bringing home dead bugs to magnify. She is keeping a journal of everything she sees at the different magnifications. We have been listening to podcast for years at bed time. This is one that doesn’t put her right to sleep. It is super gratifying watching her as she is excited about the things she is “discovering “ OK so I am not a smart man, you could say I never lived up to my potential. All that being said thank you for this podcast and giving her examples of how to become a scientist and me a direction that I can help her along. You are the best. If possible say hi to Landrey Lyn, last name withheld. Thank you for giving a smart kid with dumb parents an avenue to learn to keep moving forward in science.