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Master Minds

24 EpisodesProduced by Mishka Narasimhan and Will LeidigWebsite

On this podcast, we sit down with experts and pioneers in the fields of medicine and technology to learn about everything from the scientific research of today to the innovation of tomorrow. Journey with us to tell the stories of Master Minds in the WashU community around us and beyond. www.mastermi… read more

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Episode #23: Peering into the World of Single Molecules with Prof. W.E. Moerner, PhD

November 17th, 2023


Prof. W.E. Moerner is the Harry S. Mosher Professor of Chemistry, Professor, by courtesy, of Applied Physics at Stanford University, and WashU alum! Professor Moerner is a physical chemist, a scientist that studies …

Episode #22: Using Lasers to Treat Glioblastoma with Dr. Albert H. Kim, MD, PhD

October 16th, 2023


Dr. Albert Kim is the August A. Busch Jr. Professor of Neurological Surgery, Senior Vice-Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, and Professor of …

Episode #21: From Cairo to COVID-19 with Dr. Ali Ellebedy, PhD

October 11th, 2023


Dr. Ali Ellebedy is the Associate Professor of Pathology and Immunology, of Medicine, and of Molecular Biology at Washington University School of …

Episode #20: Zika, Dengue, and West Nile Virus with Dr. Michael S. Diamond, MD, PhD

October 1st, 2023


Dr. Michael Diamond is an infectious diseases specialist and the Herbert S. Gasser Professor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. …

Episode #19: Targeting Ovarian Cancer with Dr. Dineo Khabele, MD

September 21st, 2023


Dr. Dineo Khabele is the Mitchell & Elaine Yanow Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Washington University …

Episode #18: Jazz, Genetics, and Neurofibromatosis with Dr. David Gutmann, MD, PhD

September 9th, 2023


Dr. David Gutmann is the Donald O. Schnuck Family Professor of Neurology and Director of the Neurofibromatosis Center at Washington University School …

Episode #17: Stopping the Clock with Dr. Erik Herzog, PhD

March 1st, 2023


This week on Master Minds, we talked to Dr. Erik Herzog, Viktor Hamburger Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences and Professor of Biology at …

Episode #16: Journey Through the Cosmos with Prof. Ramanath Cowsik, PhD

December 10th, 2022


Professor Cowsik is considered by many to be the 'Father of Astroparticle Physics' for his invention of the leaky box model for the observation of cosmic rays and his discoveries characterizing neutrinos and dark matter …

Episode #15: Rice, Research, and Russian Wolves with Dr. Barbara Schaal, PhD

November 16th, 2022


Today, we will be learning about genetics and evolution with Professor Barbara Schaal, evolutionary biologist and the Mary-Dell Chilton Distinguished …

Episode #14: Making (False) Memories with Dr. Henry Roediger, PhD

September 8th, 2022


Today, we are taking a deep dive into the brain to learn about psychology of memories. We sat down with Dr. Henry Roediger, James S. McDonnell …

Episode #13: Preventing Cancer and Chronic Disease with Dr. Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH

April 1st, 2022


In this episode of Master Minds, we sit down with Dr. Graham Colditz, epidemiologist and public health expert. Dr. Colditz is the Associate Director …

Episode #12: Admission to Med School and the Emergency Room with Dr. Greg Polites, MD

March 13th, 2022


In this episode of Master Minds, we sit down with someone who is somewhat of a celebrity among the pre-med students at WashU. Dr. Greg Polites is the …

Episode #11: Contagion, Cadavers, and The Human Comedy with Prof. Rebecca Messbarger, PhD

January 25th, 2022


In this episode of the podcast, we’re taking a slight detour from our usual guest, and I couldn’t be more excited. Professor Rebecca Messbarger wears …

Episode #10: Mission to Mars, Venus, and the Moon with Prof. Raymond Arvidson, PhD

January 12th, 2022


Dr. Ray Arvidson is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University. He directs the Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing Laboratory, where …

Episode #9: The Race Against the Virus with Dr. Michael Kinch, PhD

November 13th, 2021


We were so excited to have the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Michael Kinch: author, scientist, and Associate Vice Chancellor at WashU. Dr. Kinch …

Episode #8: Blazing Trails in Academia (Literally) with Chancellor Mark Wrighton, PhD

October 22nd, 2021


We are so excited to have had the opportunity to sit down with Chancellor Emeritus of Washington University in St. Louis, Mark Wrighton. Over the course of twenty four years, he oversaw the establishment of the East End …

Episode #7: Behavioral Economics with Prof. Leonard Green, PhD

September 13th, 2021


Dr. Len Green is Professor of Psychology and Economics and the director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Psychological and Brain …

Episode #6: The Price and Politics of Healthcare with Dr. Karen Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH

July 25th, 2021


Dr. Karen Joynt Maddox is the co-director of the Center for Health Economics and Policy at the Institute of Public Health here at WashU. By trade, …


April 19th, 2021


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Episode #5: Neuroscience: The Final Frontier with Dr. Nupur Ghoshal, MD, PhD

February 24th, 2021


Dr. Nupur Ghoshal is a physician-scientist and associate professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the WashU School of Medicine. She primarily treats …

Episode #4: Curing Childhood Cancer with Dr. Abby Green, MD

February 16th, 2021


Dr. Green is a physician and scientist in the Department of Pediatrics at the WashU School of Medicine. Her practice and research focus on the …

Episode #3: A Perspective on Health Inequity with Dr. Julia Lopez

February 2nd, 2021


Today, I’m talking to Dr. Julia Lopez—public health researcher, licensed social worker, and instructor at the Washington University School of …

Episode #2: Candidate Matchmaking with Terry Crandall

September 23rd, 2020


Technology is heavily ingrained in the process of voting. From presidential polling to biased news sources and the media, the advent of digital …

Episode #1: Feet, Forks, Fingers, Sleep, Stress, and Love with Dr. Pankaj Vij

August 22nd, 2020


Today I’m talking to Dr. Pankaj Vij, wellness physician, speaker, and author of the book Turbo Metabolism. Dr. Vij is passionate about preventing and …

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