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Meet the Microbiologist

Meet the Microbiologist is a podcast that showcases the people behind the scientific discoveries. Each guest introduces their research in one of the cutting-edge areas of the microbial sciences: genomics, antibiotic resistance, synthetic biology, emerging infectious diseases, microbial ecology, public health, probiotics, and more! You no longer have to suffer in silence: learn about epidemiology as you run errands, explore drug discovery as you drive home, delve into microbial genomics at the gym. Each guest discusses their scientific discoveries and where future technologies may lead. Meet the Microbiologist, hosted by Julie Wolf, was previously titled Meet the Scientist, hosted by Merry Buckley and Carl Zimmer.

How is Toxoplasma gondii, a protozoan that causes neuro-invasive disease, transmitted as a foodborne pathogen? Why are cats important in transmitting Toxoplasma infection? Anita Koshy answer these questions and talks about her research on the latest Meet the Microbiologist.

Jennifer Gardy talks about whole-genome sequencing as a technique to address public health issues using genomic epidemiology. 

Julie Pfeiffer tells the story of how she serendipitously found a role for the gut microbiota during polio virus infection, and how she and her lab discovered an important role for bacterial glycans in viral biology.

How bacteria can communicate based on cell density, a phenomenon he helped name quorum sensing.

Charlie Rice gives the history of learning to grow hepatitis C virus in culture, from pitfalls to hurdles and successes along the 20-year journey. He also talks about yellow fever virus, its vaccine, and the importance of curiosity-driven research.

Melissa Miller talks about the time it takes to develop a test for a new disease and her definition of ‘point-of-care’ diagnostics.

Veterinarian and epidemiologist Matthew Muturi tells how a Rift Valley Fever outbreak led to implementation of One Health-based policies.

Using comparative bacterial genomics to find DNA sequences that influence virulence or antibiotic resistance.

Developing mycobacterial genetic tools and using them to discover ways to shorten TB treatment.

Ilaria Capua talks about running an internationally renowned animal influenza lab, and her time spent in the Italian Parliament. 

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