Big Lick of Science
Join us to explore groundbreaking biomedical research and how it is relevant to your health and life.
info_outline Step-by-step: COVID-19 vaccine prep with Dr. X.J. Meng 08/07/2020
Step-by-step: COVID-19 vaccine prep with Dr. X.J. Meng Rachana virtually sits down with Dr. X.J. Meng, vaccine expert, and professor at Virginia Tech to discuss the ins and outs of vaccine creation. They get into the specifics of the making of the COVID-19 vaccines and answer our listeners' questions.
info_outline You are R0 going to believe this episode: Dr. Smyth, virologist, unpacks it all 07/26/2020
You are R0 going to believe this episode: Dr. Smyth, virologist, unpacks it all Our host, Paras, virtually sits down with Dr. Jamie Symth, virologist and cellular communication expert at Virginia Tech to talk about his work, how viruses can ruin everything and how different viruses have been so successful at integrating into our lives and are tightly woven into the human experience.
info_outline Microscopic aliens and you: what are viruses and how the Covid-19 pandemic came to be 07/22/2020
Microscopic aliens and you: what are viruses and how the Covid-19 pandemic came to be Today's introduction devels more into viruses, how they cause pandemics, and humanity's tepid history with these microscopic aliens. Rachana and Paras muse and discuss more details about the current COVID-19 pandemic. Wear your mask, folks!
info_outline With Dr. Read Montague: Why choose this interview 05/29/2020
With Dr. Read Montague: Why choose this interview Computational neuroscience has experienced a super-nova like explosion of growth in recent years. Tune in to hear from Dr. Read Montague, director of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory at the Fralin Biomedical Research Insitute, to explore the past, present, and future of this exciting field along with details about his career and the book he authored: Why Choose This Book?: How We Make Decisions.
info_outline Sex Differences with Dr. Hodes 04/07/2020
Sex Differences with Dr. Hodes Tune in to the second part of our fascinating series on the role of sex-specific differences in science and disease. Listen to Dr. Georgia Hodes discuss her transition from a career in theater and design to science. Learn about her research exploring the intersection of sex-specific differences in depression and the immune system.
info_outline It's not all about Corona. Sex matters. 03/20/2020
It's not all about Corona. Sex matters. What role do sex-specific differences play in scientific studies and disease models? Tune in part one of this series to learn about how the sex of an organism is an important consideration in scientific experimentation, and how sex-specific differences can impact the biology of the brain, the development of diseases such as depression, and the response to treatments.
info_outline Health Science Careers in Roanoke 03/06/2020
Health Science Careers in Roanoke Tune in to hear our first live podcast! Listen to the question and answer session from our Health Science Career Panel to learn about careers as a doctor, physical therapist, dental hygienist, biomedical scientist, entrepreneur in science, and more from our expert panelists. Hear advice about how to pursue these careers and avenues to pursue them right here in the Roanoke Valley!
info_outline Poopcast! Round 2 02/26/2020
Poopcast! Round 2 Join us for the second part of our gut microbiome series as we interview Dr. Michelle Theus, a scientist studying the role of the gut-brain axis in the development of autism. Learn about her journey through the research world, venturing from stem cell therapies to the mechanisms by which the gut microbiome may influence our brain and behavior.
info_outline Poopcast! Round 1 02/07/2020
Poopcast! Round 1 Did you know? You have trillions of microorganisms living in your gut right now! Tune in to part one of our gut microbiome series to learn the difference between good and bad bacteria, how our brains are connected to our gut, and everything you need to know about fecal transplants.
info_outline Meet your Co-host: RDS and the Life of an International Graduate Student 01/10/2020
Meet your Co-host: RDS and the Life of an International Graduate Student Join us as we interview our very own co-host, Rachana Deven Somaiya, about life as an international graduate student. Tune in to learn the differences between working in industry and academia, as well as Rachana's research in synapse formation and the visual system.
info_outline 2020 Vision: Stop, Look, & Listen 12/06/2019
2020 Vision: Stop, Look, & Listen Ever wondered how our eyes connect to our brain? How do connections in our brains form in the first place? And why do we blink so much? Check out our latest episode to hear the answers to these questions from Dr. Michael Fox, an expert in the visual system and circuit development within the brain (interview begins at 30:50.).
info_outline When a Virus Attacks your Heart 11/01/2019
When a Virus Attacks your Heart What happens when our hearts are infected with a virus? And how do we study such a phenomenon? Tune in to hear third-year Ph.D. student Rachel Padget discuss her research in the cardiac field and her life as a graduate student!
info_outline Lub Dub: A Hearty Podcast 10/18/2019
Lub Dub: A Hearty Podcast How exactly does the heart beat? How is electrical activity passed from one heart cell to another? And how can this go wrong in diseases like heart failure? Does drinking red wine really help prevent heart disease? Hear the answer to these questions and more in this episode featuring Dr. Steve Poelzing, an expert in cardiac dysfunction.
info_outline Exploring Parts Unknown: Vision & Grad School 10/06/2019
Exploring Parts Unknown: Vision & Grad School Tune in to hear graduate student Ubadah Sabbagh as he discusses his path to a Ph.D. program and his research into how light can impact much more than what we see, including jet lag and mood disorders.
info_outline Unzip your genes: Traits, DNA, & RNA 09/20/2019
Unzip your genes: Traits, DNA, & RNA Have you ever wondered what RNA is, or how it differs from DNA? And how exactly does DNA relate to our traits, such as eye color or height? Tune in to learn the answer to these questions and more. Dr. Shannon Farris, an expert in RNA, joins us in our first episode to discuss the importance of RNA and how it contributes to memory formation in the brain.