Women in STEM share the interesting work they do, but more so the path--however bumpy--that brought them to where they are today.
STEMpod is hosted and produced by Sam Jones, PhD, alongside producer Rubén Rodríguez Pérez. Artwork is by Rachel Sibley.
Never underestimate the power of a pretty fluorescent image | STEMpod209
Dr. Marina Venero Galanternik is a developmental biologist studying the membranes that encase your brain and spinal cord and protect your nervous system. Marina got her science start "taking care of" earthworms as a young kid in Russia, but really credits a few incredible mentors and 8 months of living in a nunnery for getting her to where she is today.
You can find Marina on Twitter @vg_biomarina
Science can be funny | STEMpod208
Dr. Shannon Odell is a neuroscientist, comedian, and science communicator based in Brooklyn, NY. Shannon shares with us her research studying memory, how she got into stand-up and improv as a graduate student, and how, as a science communicator, she's combining her love of the brain and comedy.
You can find Shannon on Twitter @shodell. Check out her website: https://shannoncodell.com/
Making fashion more sustainable | STEMpod207
Cindy Cordoba Arroyo is a PhD student at Cornell studying apparel design and sustainability. Her research focuses on what textiles make clothes easier to reuse and recycle, and how we can improve them.
You can find Cindy on Instagram @circular.fashion and on Twitter at @CirculrFashion.
And, if you speak Spanish, be sure to check out Cindy's podcast Moda Circular: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bienvenidos-al-podcast-moda-circular/id1509478658?i=1000472292762
Could we stop antibiotic resistance by creating a vaccine? | STEMpod206
Nina Gao is a PhD candidate in the Biomedical Sciences program at UC San Diego, where she studies infectious disease and how a type of bacteria interacts with its host. Spoiler alert: we’re the host, and it can get kinda gross.
Nina is working to develop a vaccine for these bacteria before they become resistant to antibiotics.
You can find Nina on Twitter @biologist_nina
Artificial Intelligence is more human than you think | STEMpod205
Jordan Harrod is a PhD Student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program. Her research focuses on neuroengineering, brain-machine interfaces, and machine learning. Outside of the lab, Jordan talks about artificial intelligence, and the ethics surrounding it, on her YouTube channel.
To learn more about Jordan's research and scicomm work, check out her website: https://www.jordanharrod.com/
Who said gut microbes aren't cute? | STEMpod204
Dr. Ana Maria Porras is a biomedical engineer studying the human gut microbiome and developing biomaterials-based models of disease, to see how good and bad microorganisms regulate our health. She's also an incredible artist, crocheting the microbes she studies and using them to engage with the public in both the US and Latin America.
You can learn more about Dr. Porras, her work, and her cute crocheted microbes here: https://www.anamariaporras.com/
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