Radiobio

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Sinopsis

RadioBio is a podcast where UC Merced biology graduate students talk with seminar speakers for 30-45 minutes. Topics in biology will range widely, from molecules to ecosystems. Our target audience is anyone interested in science and biological research.

Episodios

  • Homeostatic Regulation in the Brain: Dr. Dion Dickman

    Homeostatic Regulation in the Brain: Dr. Dion Dickman

    15/05/2020 Duración: 25min

    Have you ever thought about brains? Our brains are seriously important, that's not news, but how do they actually work? There is a delicate balance between order and chaos. RadioBio this week is all about stability in the brain. Hopefully by the end you'll know a little bit more about how your brain works!

  • The Good, The Bad, and The Embryos: CRISPR with Dr. Joe Bondy-Denomy

    The Good, The Bad, and The Embryos: CRISPR with Dr. Joe Bondy-Denomy

    01/05/2020 Duración: 17min

    CRISPR. You may have heard about it in the news. It's arguably the biggest discovery of the 21st century, and could possibly be a cure for some of the genetic disorders that have plagued humans throughout our history. It was initially identified in the early 1990s and more recently it was discovered to be the immune system used by bacteria to fight off viral infections. Until recently there were no known mechanism for inhibiting the infections caused by these bacteria-infecting viruses. Dr. Joe Bondy-Denomy is a leader in the CRISPR field and discovered anti-CRISPRS, the system used by viruses to hide out from the bacterial CRISPR system. We talk with him about his discoveries in the field and the ethics of gene editing in humans.

  • ARC, A Gene to Remember: Dr Jason Shepherd

    ARC, A Gene to Remember: Dr Jason Shepherd

    16/04/2020 Duración: 22min

    Have you ever been curious about how our brains "learn" and why only somethings seem to "stick" and others seem to fade away as time goes on? I know I have. How are memories stored? Today we are going to explore the brain's amazing ability to learn and store information over a lifetime, as well as a recently discovered mechanism of neuronal communication that resembles the life-cycle of retroviruses.

  • Immunity by Community: Dr. Kathryn Milligan-Myhre

    Immunity by Community: Dr. Kathryn Milligan-Myhre

    01/04/2020 Duración: 20min

    You and I .... are completely different.... Not just because we like different music or have different parents, but because we are more than individuals. We contains multitudes of microbial communities and, believe it or not, my community is different than yours. Today, we are talking with Dr. Kathryn Milligan-Mhyre about her research into how microbes associate with hosts and how those microbes change over time

  • Tracking Foodborne Pathogens: Dr. Ruth Timme

    Tracking Foodborne Pathogens: Dr. Ruth Timme

    12/03/2020 Duración: 22min

    Do you grow your own food or butcher your own meat? Many of us don't. We get our food from a lot of different places in our modern society and we have a global network of food import and export. But what happens when there is contamination in our food supply? How do we know where the contamination is coming from when our food is coming from all over the place? Join us as we find out how we can use genomic data to explore this issue in this episode of RadioBio.

  • The Genomic Saga Within: Dr. Nitin Phadnis

    The Genomic Saga Within: Dr. Nitin Phadnis

    13/02/2020 Duración: 22min

    Have you ever thought about how weird hybrids actually are? Some hybrids seem to be a contradiction: they can't reproduce! How could nature allow this? Today we discuss the evolutionary conflict of speciation, hybrids, and sterility.

  • From Molecules to Behavior: Dr. Todd Holmes

    From Molecules to Behavior: Dr. Todd Holmes

    12/12/2019 Duración: 21min

    Have you ever thought about how light affects your behavior on a day to day basis? Now think about how light would affect you on a molecular scale? Molecules have a direct influence on behavior from sleep cycles to depression and motivation. Today we discuss molecules, how they affect animal behavior, and the origins of such an intimate relationship in molecular biology.

  • The Pulse of Plants: Dr. Sara Baguskas

    The Pulse of Plants: Dr. Sara Baguskas

    29/11/2019 Duración: 20min

    It's getting warmer and drier, but there may be an untapped natural resource that can offer fresh water: fog! Fog is more than just one way your beach day can be ruined-- Coastal fog has the potential to be a major contributor to future sustainable agricultural practices. Today we discuss fog and its impact on crops in California.

  • Science Abroad and Home: International Education Week Stories

    Science Abroad and Home: International Education Week Stories

    14/11/2019 Duración: 31min

    This week is a special edition of RadioBio, put on for UC Merced's International Education Week. In this episode, we hear from five different researchers and their unique experiences with international research: Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Dr. Felipe Zapata, Dr. Gregory Mutumi, Dr. Samuel Wasser, and Dr. Teamrat Ghezzehei. From soil science to conservation biology to everything in between! Each story highlights the various ways we can be inspired by the world around us, and how science reaches beyond physical and political boundaries. Join us, as listening to life, goes international!

  • Dr. Joanne Emerson: Underground Viruses

    Dr. Joanne Emerson: Underground Viruses

    31/10/2019 Duración: 25min

    What is a virus? Why are they important? Viruses can cause disease and mortality, and they also significantly influence ecosystem ecology and environmental chemistry. Today we discuss viruses and their role in biogeochemical cycles and agricultural systems with Dr. Joanne Emerson from UC Davis.

  • Dr. Samuel Wasser: Guru of Doodoo

    Dr. Samuel Wasser: Guru of Doodoo

    17/10/2019 Duración: 25min

    Here's a riddle for you, what is something that stays behind in an environment after an animal is long gone? The answer is... POOP! What if we could use poop to study animals that would otherwise be difficult to track down? Well, Dr. Sam Wasser does just that. This week on Radiobio, we talk with Dr. Wasser from the University of Washington about how he uses poop to better understand animal populations with implications from tracking poachers to tracking whales.

  • Dr. Ned Wingreen: How Matter Behaves

    Dr. Ned Wingreen: How Matter Behaves

    03/10/2019 Duración: 28min

    Matter in a random universe. How does it behave? Can we predict it? When physics meets biology, this intersection between two disciplines can crack some major gaps in our understanding of how matter transforms from one state to another. Today we discuss proteins that change their physical state and the theory that goes into understanding this state change.

  • RadioBio Dispatches: Drought in California

    RadioBio Dispatches: Drought in California

    20/09/2019 Duración: 35min

    Water. It is one of the basic requirements of life as we know it, especially in California. The Washoe people of California's Sierra Nevada mountains believe that all water bodies contain water spirits known as water babies that dictate if you will catch fish or if the river will run dry. And these beliefs are founded in the reality of water's significance...the Sierra Nevada mountains are the reservoir of California, with more than 60% of the state's water originating in the mountains. Our history, our economy, our entire being is tied to how much water falls on these mountains. But what happens...when the water stops? Today, Kinsey Brock, Morgan Quail, and I, Jeff Lauder, speak with a hydrologist and three ecologists about what made the 2012-2016 drought so historic, and how studying its impacts on forest ecosystems can help us understand what a changing climate means for California.

  • RadioBio Interviews Dr. Eric Delwart

    RadioBio Interviews Dr. Eric Delwart

    02/05/2019 Duración: 20min

    How do you search for a virus? Even worst, how do you search for a virus's DNA? A virus you've never seen before and have no clue what it looks like! If you think of one of your cells as the size of a baseball stadium, a virus would about the size of a baseball. You could try a targeted approach by sequencing your best, educated guesses but with metagenomics you can sequence everything but the kitchen sink. This week we talk small viruses and big data with Dr. Eric Delwart.

  • RadioBio Interviews Dr. Deborah Gordon

    RadioBio Interviews Dr. Deborah Gordon

    19/04/2019 Duración: 21min

    Imagine a world with no leaders. No Presidents. No generals. No bosses. No central control. Ants have successfully occupied every continent on earth and even though they have a queen, they use a system with no central control which we term collective behavior. But what is collective behavior? How do we begin to understand behaviors that emerge in a spontaneous way? Dr. Deborah Gordon, Professor of biology at Stanford University, joined us to talk all about collective behavior in ants.

  • RadioBio Interviews Dr. Shono Mookerjee

    RadioBio Interviews Dr. Shono Mookerjee

    05/04/2019 Duración: 16min

    Have you ever wondered what powers us? We all consume food for energy, but HOW does that actually turn into energy?  You may be familiar with the molecule ATP, or adenosine triphosphate. ATP is used to store energy from the breakdown of food, and through a process called hydrolysis, that energy can be released and transferred to power reactions. This tiny but mighty molecule is what powers nearly every reaction in our cells. In this episode, we journey inside the cell as we learn more about this powerful molecule, and the specialized structure inside the cell where its made, the mitochondria.

  • RadioBio Interviews Dr. Jarrod Dudakov

    RadioBio Interviews Dr. Jarrod Dudakov

    22/03/2019 Duración: 21min

    "The thymus is a really ugly-looking organ, but tastes fantastic. Have you ever had sweet breads?" In case you don't know, sweetbread is the culinary term for the thymus, but what is the thymus, besides a tasty dish? In this episode Genevieve and Stephen sit down with Dr. Jarrod Dudakov and discuss what the thymus is, its function, and why it is worth researching.

  • RadioBio Interviews Dr. Jennifer Martiny

    RadioBio Interviews Dr. Jennifer Martiny

    08/03/2019 Duración: 28min

    When you are thinking about how the world works, how often do you think about the tiny forces of nature? Just about never, what do you mean? I mean microbes! They play an important role in ecosystem processes such as decomposition and nutrient cycling. But what do we know how these microbes live in nature? It turns out they live in communities, just like we humans do. In this episode we talk with Dr. Jennifer Martiny from UC Irvine about her work with microbial communities.

  • RadioBio Interviews Dr. Gregory Mutumi

    RadioBio Interviews Dr. Gregory Mutumi

    22/02/2019 Duración: 18min

    A lot of people don't like bats, even Batman is afraid of them. But maybe people are just afraid of what they don't know. Today Dr. Greg Mutumi talks to us about what makes bats so unusual, interesting, and, like he said earlier....cute!

  • RadioBio Interviews Dr. Felipe Zapata

    RadioBio Interviews Dr. Felipe Zapata

    08/02/2019 Duración: 26min

    Do you think you can put a number on the amount of species you've seen in your life? Absolutely not. Just stepping out onto the city street, there are countless species around us at all times. It's a huge amount of biodiversity. But what does that even mean and how do we study it? This week on RadioBio, we are joined by Dr. Felipe Zapata from University of California Los Angeles to discuss just that.

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