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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


Our Podcast

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.

People Behind the Science Podcast - Stories from Scientists about Science, Life, Research, and Science Careers Dr. Marie McNeely, featuring top scientists speaking about their life and c

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.9, 275 Ratings

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.

Our website with show notes]]

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


Our Podcast

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.

    561: Investigating How Risk Factors Contribute to Outcomes After Traumatic Brain Injury - Dr. Umesh Venkatesan

    561: Investigating How Risk Factors Contribute to Outcomes After Traumatic Brain Injury - Dr. Umesh Venkatesan

    Dr. Umesh "Umi" Venkatesan is an Institute Scientist and Director of the Brain Trauma and Behavior Laboratory at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute. He studies behavior and cognition in people with neurological disabilities, particularly after traumatic brain injury. The arts have always been a big part of Umi’s life as well. He is a classically trained singer, has practiced Indian classical dance since the age of 5, and danced professionally in graduate school. In addition, Umi loves trying new foods

    • 40 min
    560: Characterizing Biological Surfaces and Creating New Biomimetic Materials - Dr. Joe Baio

    560: Characterizing Biological Surfaces and Creating New Biomimetic Materials - Dr. Joe Baio

    Dr. Joe Baio is an Assistant Professor in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University. He studies how materials (and particularly the surfaces of materials) function in the natural world to determine if principles from natural materials can be applied to solve problems in medicine, biotechnology, engineering, and other fields. To clear his mind and take a break from work, Joe enjoys cycling on local trails and surfing on the Oregon coast with his neighbor.

    • 44 min
    559: Determining How Disruptions in Brain Development Lead to Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Disorders - Dr. Ileana Soto

    559: Determining How Disruptions in Brain Development Lead to Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Disorders - Dr. Ileana Soto

    Dr. Ileana Soto is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences at Rowan University. She studies how disruption of brain development leads to neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders. Much of her work focuses on Niemann-Pick disease type C, a rare disease that causes dementia in kids. Outside science, she enjoys going out to dinner, spending quality time with friends and family, and going on road trips to see new places, explore nature, hike, ride bikes, and recharge.

    • 46 min
    558: Uncovering the Mechanisms Underlying Uneven Rates of Evolution Across Organisms - Dr. Martha Muñoz

    558: Uncovering the Mechanisms Underlying Uneven Rates of Evolution Across Organisms - Dr. Martha Muñoz

    Dr. Martha Muñoz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. She is an evolutionary biologist working to better understand how and why evolution proceeds unevenly across the tree of life. For Martha, nature is a great source of peace and inspiration for her work. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, hiking, seeing amazing views, observing wildlife, reading, going to museums, and visiting her family in New York City.

    • 51 min
    557: Applying Artificial Intelligence to Improve Healthcare - Dr. Wesley Gilson

    557: Applying Artificial Intelligence to Improve Healthcare - Dr. Wesley Gilson

    Dr. Wes Gilson is Artificial Intelligence Lead for North America at Siemens Healthineers. Wes uses artificial intelligence in the context of healthcare to gain insights on how to improve treatments for patients and how to improve the ways in which clinicians can deliver care. He looks at healthcare data in different ways to learn how to improve outcomes and help patients recover faster. Outside work, Wes enjoys spending time with his two teenage daughters, traveling, hiking, camping, and playing sports.

    • 40 min
    556: Creating New Therapeutics to Treat Testosterone Deficiency - Dr. Robert Dudley

    556: Creating New Therapeutics to Treat Testosterone Deficiency - Dr. Robert Dudley

    Dr. Robert Dudley is President and CEO at Clarus Therapeutics, Inc. and is a clinical pharmacologist and board-certified toxicologist. Bob has dedicated his career to developing new drugs to promote men’s health, including the first testosterone gel and an oral testosterone replacement drug. Outside science, Bob and his wife enjoy building new houses together because they love being involved in choosing the details and design of their home. Some of Bob’s other hobbies include reading, golfing, and cycli

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
275 Ratings

275 Ratings

JMORDKO ,

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.

JALOER ,

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.

Annoyed IT Guy ,

Knowledgeable; Introspective on true elites.

I’ve now binged on 300 episodes over two months. There is a lot of exciting research being done! It is fun to get a few tid-bits on what researchers are doing both in academia and private sectors.
What I have found in all the episodes thus far, is that I have yet to hear of a person who’s had an average or low income upbringing.
Every person interviewed has a large pedigree of top notch schooling. That isn’t bad but it is very telling that only a certain slice of people behind the science are being interviewed.
Most hobbies I’ve heard are the same highbrow type responses and it gets old quick.
The series isn’t as inspirational as it is semi informative. I see it more as a way for people to brag a bit about what they are doing rather than showing that they are not robots. That’s my opinion though! I’ll listen for interesting research topics, that’s all, though I could just view reddit.

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