35 episodes

“Science is fun!” is a podcast about the trials and tribulations of famous scientists and rising stars. We dig deep into the backstories behind the science, explain how the big discoveries were made, and discuss how you too can participate in the next big step forward.

Science is Fun‪!‬ Peter Turnbaugh

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    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

“Science is fun!” is a podcast about the trials and tribulations of famous scientists and rising stars. We dig deep into the backstories behind the science, explain how the big discoveries were made, and discuss how you too can participate in the next big step forward.

    Don't Panic! How to live with COVID-19

    Don't Panic! How to live with COVID-19

    I'm am so excited to welcome Dr. Monica Gandhi to the show. Throughout the pandemic, Monica has been a source of reliable and clear headed insight, especially with regards to the importance of re-opening schools. This conversation remains timely given the increasing rate of infections and stalled vaccination effort.

    • 1 hr 53 min
    How to design a drug in an afternoon

    How to design a drug in an afternoon

    This week I chat with another talented chemist: Bill DeGrado from UCSF. Bill is a pioneer in the de novo design of proteins. He talks about how he got into this area and how it has created opportunities to treat disease.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Enzyme spotting

    Enzyme spotting

    This week I'm joined by Charly Craik, a chemist at UCSF who develops sophisticated tools for studying biology. He talks about his quest to watch enzymes function in real-time in cells and even whole mice, and how his research is paving the way for new therapies for HIV, cancer, and COVID-19.

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Should scientists be politicians?

    Should scientists be politicians?

    Keith Yamamoto, the Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy at UCSF, explains why he has been committed throughout his career to reform the funding, publication, and practice of science. He also discusses his vision for the future of precision medicine and how team-based projects could accelerate scientific progress.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Do we already know the cure for cancer?

    Do we already know the cure for cancer?

    Dr. Alan Venook is a renowned expert on gastrointestinal malignancies at UCSF. He discusses the innovative ways doctors are treating cancer, the challenges of designing clinical trials, and the future of cancer therapy.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Should biologists spend less time doing experiments?

    Should biologists spend less time doing experiments?

    KC Huang, a physicist at Stanford with one of the most eclectic research histories I've seen, patiently explains photons, the biophysics of cell shape, and why biologists should embrace theory.

    • 2 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

kanika-khanna ,

Great science podcast

Really nice podcast not only about the science but the scientists and the academia behind it.

PTurnbaugh ,

This podcast is the best!

You should really listen to this or write a review. Great for professional scientists, biotech entrepreneurs, or just people interested in seeing behind the scenes of the scientific method. PS, this is the host.

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