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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.

Tara C. Smith discusses her work uncovering ties between agriculture and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Raymond St. Leger describes his work on insect pathogenic fungi. Members of this diverse group of fungi can be found as part of the plant rhizosphere, where they provide nutrients to the plant, and can also be deployed as insect control agents. Raymond discusses his work with communities in Burkina Faso, where he works with officials to educate and gain consent for use of mosquito-killing fungi to control the spread of malaria.

Vincent Racaniello discusses how he ended up studying polio virus and the three eureka moments he’s experienced so far: uncovering the polio genome, discovering the polio receptor, and generating a mouse model of polio disease. Vincent discusses his interest in science communications, including his blog and active podcast network.

Thursday, 14 September 2017 09:18

Welcome to Meet the Microbiologist!

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Welcome back, Meet the Scientist subscribers! For those of you who haven't heard an episode of Meet the Scientist, thanks for taking a listen. We're excited to tell all of you we're now Meet the Microbiogist (MTM). MTM is the same great, one-on-one conversations captured in Meet the Scienitst just with a new name and a new host.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010 16:53

Martin Blaser: Save Our Endangered Germs - MTS 64

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Martin Blaser studies Helicobacter pylori, bacteria that live in the stomachs of billions of people. Blaser has shown that H. pylori has a strange double life inside of us. On the one hand, it can cause ulcers and gastric cancer. On the other hand, it can protect us from diseases of the esophagus, allergies, asthma, and perhaps even obesity.

Thursday, 16 December 2010 09:36

Jeff Gralnick: I Sing the Microbe Electric - MTS 63

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All life hums with electricity, from our heartbeats to the electrons that flow to the oxygen we breathe. But some bacteria are electricians par excellence, generating electric currents in the soil and water.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010 18:54

Jessica Green: The Living Air - MTS 62

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We live in an invisible ocean of life, with millions of microbes swarming around us. Microbes can live many miles high in the upper atmosphere, and they may actually be able to feed and grow in clouds. Jessica Green and I talk not just about high-altitude aerobiology, but about the microbes we share our homes and offices with, and how better understanding them can help our health.

Dr. Charles Bamforth talks about the surprisingly complex chemistry of beer, and the pivotal role microbes play in making it happen.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 17:11

Thomas Scott: The Bone-Breaking Virus - MTS 60

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Thomas Scott of the University of California, Davis, talks about dengue fever, a disease that's on the rise.

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 16:30

Charles Ofria: Digital Life - MTS 59

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Charles Ofria and his colleagues have created a program called Avida in which digital organisms can multiply and evolve. They are studying many of evolution's deepest questions, such as how complexity evolves from simplicity and why individuals make sacrifices for each other.