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The Scientistt Podcast

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The research community like you have never heard it before.Join us, The Scientistt Podcast, along with a host of special guests, as we explore the realities of research life in the most honest and informative way possible. Delving deeper into the industry’s latest research and most pressing question… read more

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How Brains Work: Neurology, Fruit Flies and Human Understanding

September 29th, 2021


When we examine the brains of Fruit Flies (Drosophila’s), we unravel fundamental principles of how the brain works. 

In this episode, Dr Carolina …

Aged Care and Intimacy: Consent, Autonomy, and Sexuality

September 23rd, 2021


How should we approach consent in the context of Aged Care?

This is the question at the heart of an influential paper by Dr Vanessa Schouten, Dr …

How The Mars Rover Works

August 31st, 2021


The Mars Rover is the “most complex machine ever sent to another planet. It is a one-ton robot with two brains, seventeen cameras, six wheels, nuclear power, and a laser beam on its head." 

It's every sci-fi fans dream, …

Vaccine Skepticism and Tae Kwon Do

August 24th, 2021


The stakes have never been higher. The world is more divided than ever before, and a significant part of the issue is that we can't agree on what counts as 'true'. 

This week's episode features Dr Kiki Sanford: host of …

The Monkey Wars

August 17th, 2021


Is it ethical to experiment on primates?

Pulitzer-prize winner Deborah Blum comes onto the pod to talk about her groundbreaking book - The Monkey …

A Breakthrough in Treating Depression

August 11th, 2021


More than 20% of American's will suffer from depression at some point in their lives - but traditional treatments are relatively ineffective.

That, according to Dr Jyoti Mishra, is in part because current treatments are …

Magic, Luck and Psychology

August 4th, 2021


Dr Richard Wiseman has been described as "one of the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologists in the world today". He's sold more …

Elie AlChaer: Efficiency, Efficiency, Efficiency

June 3rd, 2021


How do we measure success, productivity or efficiency? Elie AlChaer is a civil engineer who studied at the Lebanese American University, Byblos and completed his graduate studies at the University of California, …

The Rights and Wrongs of Economics

May 24th, 2021


In January 2020, today's guest was named a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences by Pope Francis. That's right,  Dani Rodrik is a seriously respected and world-renowned Turkish economist and Professor of …

Jordan Cohen: Quantum Gravity

May 13th, 2021


Who is today's guest? 

"Born in South Africa, I started my academic career at the University of Cape Town where I triple majored in Statistics, Economics, and Philosophy. I realised fairly late on that my passion was in …

Simon Baron-Cohen: Autism and Human Invention

April 30th, 2021


Professor Sir Simon Baron-Cohen is a cognitive neuroscientist and the Director of the Autism Research Centre, based at Cambridge University. Baron-Cohen was knighted in the 2021 New Year Honours for services to people …

Ultra-Marathons and "Nutritional Genocide"

April 23rd, 2021


Prof Tim Noakes is a South African scientist and former Emeritus professor in division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town. As one of the very highest rated members of the National …

Philosophy and Cognitive Science: The Predictive Brain

April 16th, 2021


Dr. Mark Miller is an assistant professor at the University of  Hokkaido’s Center for Human Nature, Artificial Intelligence and  Neuroscience. In this episode of The Scientistt Podcast, we break down  Mark's notion of …

Chengyu Liang: Melanomas and the UV-protector Gene

April 7th, 2021


Chengyu Liang is a world-renowned researcher with almost 17,000 citations. Her research explores basic mechanisms underlying fundamental cellular …

Seth Shostak: Confessions of an Alien Hunter

March 31st, 2021


Dr Soshstak is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI institute and author of  'Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.' Seth claims to have developed an interest in …

Dr Michael Brown: The Pluto Killer

March 24th, 2021


What happened to Pluto and how is today's guest involved? Well...time to find out. 

Dr Brown is a professor of planetary astronomy at Cal Tech, who …

Sampson the Service Dog

March 17th, 2021


Today's guest is the quite remarkable Joey Ramp - a neuroscientist, activist and the founder of Empower Ability Consulting. Joey got into …

From Lebanon & Mexico, to Sheffield & Copenhagen

March 3rd, 2021


This week, our guests are more special than ever.... you can meet our team! 

In this episode we talk to Jennifer Moussa and Daniela Lazaro, a pair of talented scientists that have travelled across the world to pursue …

Dr Chris Jackson: Volcano Explorer, Geologist and Royal Institute Lecturer

February 24th, 2021


Today's guest is a geologist and adventurer that made history last Christmas, by becoming the first black host of the Royal Institution's Christmas …

Dr Sam Rowe

February 17th, 2021


 "Science, sci-comm, books & gymnastics" ... that's how today's guest describes themselves to a Twitter audience of over 8,000 people. 

Dr Sam Rowe is a scientist and science communicator working on events and …

Simon Clark: The Life of a Youtube Scientist

February 10th, 2021


"PhD in climate physics by day, YouTuber by night."

Simon Clark started documenting his PhD journey on Youtube in 2013. He's sinced ammased more than …

Dr. Brianna Le Busque: The Psychology of Academic 'Success'

February 3rd, 2021


We hear a lot about the 'mindset' of successful people ... but what do the experts actually think? It's time to find out!

As well as being an expert …

Dr Jess Wade: Science Outreach & The Wikipedia Bias

January 27th, 2021


What's it like to be one of the most influential women in UK tech?

On this episode, we speak to Dr Jess Wade - a physicist, science communicator and champion for gender quality in science. Outside of her research in to …

The Scientistt Podcast - Our Brand New Trailer!

January 25th, 2021


We've produced over 30 episodes now! During that time, the scope of our podcast has changed as we have progressed and grown. To mark the higher quality, bigger reach and better organisation of our show ... we've made a …

Sophia Gad-Nasr: The Big Bang, Dark Matter and Cosmology

January 20th, 2021


This is the story of how science can get you on set at one of your favourite TV shows!

Sophia is on a mission to captivate the world with physics, one particle at a time. Working on a PhD at UC Irvine with a focus on …

Surviving a Crocodile Attack

January 13th, 2021


 They say your life can flash before your eyes when you are in a life-or-death situation.

Well, that's not what happened to today's guest, marine …

Studying the Science of Nutrition

January 7th, 2021


 "Nutrition is an area where there’s a lot of misinformation, and a lot of twisting of information, and a lot of money to be made. The whole …

2020 Christmas Special!

December 24th, 2020


 What a year ... where do we start! 

As 2020 draws to a close, we're ending the year by celebrating the festive season with a very special episode. We've had some amazingly talented, high-profile and prestigious guests …

Coronavirus on the Way We Live

December 17th, 2020


A scientist and thinker, in 2009 Nicholas Christakis was named in Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. 

Using data …

How to Win a Nobel Prize

December 9th, 2020


"Last but by no means least, I am happy that I have managed to work since that dreadful day in September 1978 when I was diagnosed with MS."

Life …

Dr Zoë Ayres: Striving for Change

December 3rd, 2020


In the last 18 months, Dr Zoë Ayres has become a leading voice in battle to bring mental health issues to the surface of academia. The coveted '#100Voices Project', numerous awareness infographics and most recently the …

Jennifer Polk: From PhD to Life

November 25th, 2020


We could all do with a personal coach sometimes, right? 

Jennifer Polk, PhD, is a career coach and expert on PhD careers. After earning a PhD in …

Engineering the Future of Genetic Medicine

November 18th, 2020


 Who said academics can't be entrepreneurs? 

Benjamin L. Oakes is the Founder and CEO of Scribe Therapeutics, a company rewriting the story of disease and engineering the future of genetic medicine. Completing his PhD …

The Mystery of Space Exploration

November 11th, 2020


We all have a fascination with space, right? I mean, how can't you be somewhat interested in the concepts of planets, space craft and fields of "dark energy". 

Dr. Bruce Betts is a planetary scientist and children's …

Jonathan Eisen: The James Bond of Microbiology

November 4th, 2020


 "After my PhD, my first ever grant was actually for homeland security..." So, what does a Professor in the Genome Center of UC Davis , have to do …

Fay Lin: Systemic Issues in Academia

October 28th, 2020


"Calling out systemic issues in #academia does NOT mean I don't support the pursuit of research.  Calling out systemic issues in #academia means I …

Jen Heemstra: A Woman in Chemistry (Part 2)

October 21st, 2020


This is Part 2 of our conversation with Dr Jen Heemstra! 

In this episode, we discuss equality in the sciences, medical ethics, and the potential upsides of adversity. We also cover the need for breaks in academia and …

Jen Heemstra: How to be a PI (Part 1)

October 14th, 2020


What should a leader look like in academia? 

Jen Heemstra, as the name alludes, is the lead supervisor at the Heemstra Lab and Associate Professor at …

Dr. Eric Topol: The Future of Medicine

October 7th, 2020


What does one of the world's most respected researchers think the future holds for medicine?

Eric Topol is a doctor, scientist and author. Being  one …

Who is Susanna Harris?

September 30th, 2020


 "Building communities through communication". That's the motto that has seen Susanna Harris' research career grow far beyond microbiology.

 A …

The Hurricane Hunter

September 23rd, 2020


What is it like to fly in to the eye of the storm? 

Nick Underwood is an aerospace engineer and NOAA Hurricane Hunter, providing mission-ready aircraft and professional crews to the scientific community.

The National …

Joachim Frank, A Nobel Prize for Chemistry

September 16th, 2020


 A Nobel Prize. Some would say it represents the pinnacle of scientific achievement in any given field. In this episode, we're lucky enough to be …

Culture and PhD in Pakistan

September 9th, 2020


Ever wondered if academia is the same around the world? Are the experiences, influences and motivations of all PhD candidates the same, regardless of …

The Secrets to Success on Academic Twitter

September 2nd, 2020


How do you gain 20,000 followers in less than 1 year? That's the question that many people have for Stefanie, founder of Career Conversation, a …

Wendy Ingram, Cultivating Change

August 26th, 2020


When Wendy lost someone close to her as a result of suicide, she chose to do something about. 

Academia. It has it's problems. Wendy Ingram, the …

Darwin Guevarra, Placebos without Deception

August 19th, 2020


How many times do you see a newly published article in a popular journal, and not quite fully understand it? It would be great to learn directly from …

Who is PhD Diaries?

August 12th, 2020


Imagine turning your Twitter account that was created to complain about WiFi signal at a conference, in to a thriving community of over 43,000 people. Today we're joined by somebody that has done just that, all whilst …

Sam Tromans, Autism in Psychiatric Facilities

August 4th, 2020


When his brother was diagnosed with autism, Sam was inspired to further understand the relationship autistic people have with the world around them. A qualified doctor, he now combines his psychiatric work with his PhD …

Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Scientists.

July 29th, 2020


What's it like to be a woman in science? We're joined by Beth Eyre and Sofia Bariami, PhD students from Sheffield and Edinburgh universities. Despite having vastly different research topics, both Beth and Sofia have …

Arnesa Buljušmić-Kustura: From Refugee to Researcher.

July 22nd, 2020


Arnesa Buljušmić-Kustura is an analyst, researcher and is the international operations manager for Remembering Srbencia UK. But life hasn't always …

Alexander Thom: Metal Organic Frameworks and PhD Life.

July 15th, 2020


What is it like to be a PhD Student? Alexander (Ali) Thom is a 3rd year chemistry PhD student at the University of Glasgow, researching novel methods to alter the surface chemistry of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for …

Lucy Nichol: Tackling the Stigma of Mental Health

July 8th, 2020


Mental health is becoming an increasingly poignant issue in academia. Studies completed in the last few years have published rather worrying statistics about the mental wellbeing of students and researchers, posing …

Oliver Bracko: Using crowd-sourced science to study Alzheimer's disease.

July 1st, 2020


A researcher at Cornell University, Oliver's newest publication uses multiphoton imaging to explore the role of brain blood flow reductions and …

Janine Francois: Diversity and Racism in Academia

June 24th, 2020


Diversity is a topic that has been thrust to the forefront of academia. Social media is littered with case-studies of institutional racism and a general recognition that BAME students are underrepresented in the …

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