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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, 274 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.

    555: Investigating How Disruptions in the Gut Microbiome Impact Intestinal Epithelial Cells and Lead to Disease - Dr. Mariana Byndloss

    555: Investigating How Disruptions in the Gut Microbiome Impact Intestinal Epithelial Cells and Lead to Disease - Dr. Mariana Byndloss

    Dr. Mariana Byndloss is Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She investigates how bacteria inside our gut affects health. She studies how diet, antibiotics, or infection change how our body behaves. This, in turn, can change how bacteria in our gut behave and lead to disease. Mariana also enjoys training her dogs, spending quality time with her husband and son, listening to live music, and exploring all the great restaurants in Nashville.

    • 36 min
    554: Using Rehabilitation Robotics and Noninvasive Brain Stimulation to Promote Recovery After Brain Injury - Dr. Dylan Edwards

    554: Using Rehabilitation Robotics and Noninvasive Brain Stimulation to Promote Recovery After Brain Injury - Dr. Dylan Edwards

    Dr. Dylan Edwards is Director of the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute and Director of the Human Motor Recovery Lab there. He is also Professor of Neuroscience at Edith Cowan University and Faculty at Harvard Medical School's Continuing Medical Education Program in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. He uses rehabilitation robots and noninvasive brain stimulation to study recovery of movement after stroke or spinal cord injury. Outside work, Dylan spends time with family, plays guitar, runs, and surfs.

    • 41 min
    553: Examining the Impacts of Exercise on Cardiovascular Health After Stroke - Dr. Ada Tang

    553: Examining the Impacts of Exercise on Cardiovascular Health After Stroke - Dr. Ada Tang

    Dr. Ada Tang is a physical therapist, Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, and a Clinician-Scientist with the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation. Due to mobility problems and other factors, it can be more difficult for people with stroke to exercise. Ada assesses the impacts of exercise on cardiovascular health in people with stroke and other populations. Outside work, Ada loves hiking, enjoying nature, traveling, and watching the Toronto Raptors.

    • 39 min
    552: Making a Mechatronic Tremor Suppression Glove for People with Parkinson’s Disease - Dr. Ana Luisa Trejos

    552: Making a Mechatronic Tremor Suppression Glove for People with Parkinson’s Disease - Dr. Ana Luisa Trejos

    Dr. Ana Luisa Trejos is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Western University in Canada. She is also an Associate Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute. She is designing wearable mechatronic technologies to help people recover from mobility problems due to musculoskeletal injury or movement disorders. Outside work, Ana Luisa enjoys hanging out with her family, reading, putting together jigsaw puzzles, exercising, and renovating her house

    • 41 min
    551: Applying Insights from Human Genetics to Create New Cancer Therapies - Dr. Tim Behrens

    551: Applying Insights from Human Genetics to Create New Cancer Therapies - Dr. Tim Behrens

    Dr. Tim Behrens is Senior Vice President of Human Genetics at Maze Therapeutics and Adjunct Professor of Medicine in Rheumatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He applies insights from human genetics to develop new drugs, including a drug that activates the immune system in new ways to fight cancer. Tim is an outdoors enthusiast, so he loves canoeing, fishing, and going on wilderness trips. He also enjoys playing guitar, hanging out with his wife and two children, and playing fetch with his dogs.

    • 40 min
    550: Developing Novel Drugs to Treat Autoimmune Disease and Inflammation - Dr. Paul Changelian

    550: Developing Novel Drugs to Treat Autoimmune Disease and Inflammation - Dr. Paul Changelian

    Dr. Paul Changelian is Vice President of Biology at Aclaris Therapeutics and Director of Biology at Confluence Life Sciences. He is working to discover new drugs to treat autoimmune disease and inflammation in conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and multiple sclerosis. Some of Paul’s passions outside of science include exercising, walking around in nature, and music. He listens to hard rock and jazz music, and he enjoys playing jazz music on the trumpet.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
274 Ratings

274 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.

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.

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.

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