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New Matter: Inside the Minds of SLAS Scientists
20 minutes | 12 days ago
A Natural Aptitude
Rising SLAS Board Member Jonathan O'Connell is passionate about the future of SLAS. He talks with guest host Karlton Moore (from Artel) about his career path and how certain choices shaped his future. Hear about his new company, Valo Health, which has just come out of stealth mode and is leveraging compute, AI and data to transform the drug discovery and development process; after all, the beauty of AI is that it can think multidimensional. Learn about how Jonathan created a career that combines his passion for science with his great interest in the power of technology, and what his dream car is. Warning: Man City fans- he's a Man U supporter!
16 minutes | 16 days ago
Between a Rock and a 3D Place
What are the best ways to apply 3D organoid models and get the answers to what you need in the simplest way possible? Hilary Sherman (Corning) can tell you! She and guest host Annika Jenmalm Jensen (Karolinska Institutet) dip into different fields of research and the advantages to always getting to learn something new. Hear how she moved from a career in marine biology to cellular biology and how trying new things can often lead to a career path you never thought of. And when Hilary's not diving deep into different fields of research for Corning, you can be sure to find her pursuing her passion of rock climbing wherever she can.
19 minutes | 23 days ago
In this week's episode, guest host Andrew Napper, Vice President, Discovery Sciences at Evotec joins Zack Gurard-Levin Chief Scientific Officer at SAMDI Tech, Inc. Andrew and Zack discuss how high school chemistry sparked his interest in science and his work with SAMDI Tech helping companies solve challenging problems, and opening up avenues for networking and collaboration. Learn about what one of the best decisions of Zack’s life was and how to follow your passions and pursue what makes you happy in science.
14 minutes | a month ago
Being the Lever
Join special guest host Dr. Colin Cox (King of the Robots) and Dr. Lauren Shields as they discuss what is important to think about in terms of organic team building, how to persevere and focus in the field of science, and the pro-bono COVID projects Benchling is working on. Along the way learn about her start in science at a very young age and her amazing personal growth in the field since, as well how to have fun in the Bay area, especially when avoiding wildfires. Check out the blog post from Benchling here!
20 minutes | a month ago
Robots never tire, and neither do we. Learn from Biosero CTO David Dambman about how a passion for software, repeatability, and impact on world health problems - plus side paths in radar and guitar equipment - led him to construct the Green Button Go™ Automation Scheduling Software integration layer atop the company's lab automation. We touch on how to make use of tight lab space, where the Cloud actually lives, and what David would do with a magic box to solve diagnostic problems. Push to start!
21 minutes | a month ago
The Whole Immune Shebang
If being scientifically "bilingual" is important for today's careers, Imran Haque is a master linguist - he speaks data science, immunology, chemistry, and relates it all with a smile and enthusiasm. Join Mike and Imran as they discuss COVID-19 cytokine storms, GIGO, "unshackling" scientists by teaching them scripting languages, and how a cartoon genetics book influenced his amazing career.
11 minutes | 2 months ago
Notes From the Middle of the Night
Professor Shaghayegh Harbi has been listening to lectures since she was in utero. She's been propelled forward by the need to shout from the rooftops about everything science: immune social networking, ethnically diverse transcriptomics, and her true central passion of teaching science to non-majors. Along the way, learn a bit about spotting trends, working in isolation, and being in the right places at correct times.
17 minutes | 2 months ago
Keep the Bad Bugs Out
Have you ever worn a "personal fume hood" to do your lab work? If you're Lynn Rasmussen, and you're handling the worst viruses known to man, you would! Join Mike and Lynn as they discuss COVID, social distancing, the revelation of lab automation, and the biggest drug hunting organization you've never heard of - Southern Research (they've had 7 FDA-approved molecules!). Wear a mask and listen in.
15 minutes | 2 months ago
You Just Have to Start
Join Merck's MJ Wildey - a 26-year member of our community - as she and Mike wax historic and celebrate SLAS's 10th anniversary. If you like to think of screening as an enabling science to open the doors to multiple disease treatments and new tech, this one's for you!
27 minutes | 2 months ago
Pharma in the Desert
What happens when a linguist and a biomedical engineer partner up to teach computers how to "solve" drug discovery? What role do humans play once computers are calling the shots? Can a biotech community grow up around Salt Lake City? Drs. Lina Nilsson and Katherine Matsumoto join Mike to answer these questions and encourage you to get involved with their (free!) data sets to do your own modeling at rxrx.ai.
12 minutes | 3 months ago
Fleets of Robots
A chance encounter with an ancient liquid handler in a dusty corner was all it took to propel Dr. Colin Cox into a life of robot wrangling. Join Colin and Mike as they discuss synthetic genes, reduction of "art" to "practice," being connected in the times of COVID-19, and why you should never binge-watch the Wizard of Oz. Millions of data points....without a team of 40. One man and a robot can rule the (biotech) world.
20 minutes | 3 months ago
Listen to Scientists
SLAS Board President Emilio Diez-Monedero is on his third act of an amazingly impactful career - as a molecular biologist in academia, as an automation leader in pharmaceuticals, and now as a consultant and investor in small-stage rare disease companies. Join Mike and Emilio as they discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the scientific enterprise, how all jobs are global jobs, and which moments of professional inspiration led Emilio to his current calling. And, of course, how SLAS and its precursor organizations have been present throughout the myriad changes in life sciences over the past 26 years.
14 minutes | 3 months ago
Lots of Wheels and Motors
Building robots and inspiring other students to follow suit are among the chief passions that propelled BadgerBOTS Team 1306 to win the Wisconsin Regional 2020 FIRST Robotics Chairman's award. Join Mike and Chair Kevin Chang, finance whiz Max Roquitte, and CAD engineer Cal Rossman as they explain the inner workings of their 'bot, how FIRST helps kids get into STEM fields, and how SLAS can help get automation motivation up!
15 minutes | 3 months ago
A Tinkerer's Approach
Synthetic Biology has exploded - MIT professor Jim Collins outlines just a few of the opportunities in diagnostics among those in energy, materials, and sustainability. Along the way, learn about his shock at discovering that freeze-dried cell-free extracts could be brought "back to life," the amazing group of collaborators that propelled him forward, and some...interesting...approaches to cholera diagnostics.
14 minutes | 3 months ago
A New Job Title Every Day
Bioengineer? Teacher? Analytical chemist? Carine Nemr, the 2019 SLAS Graduate Education Fellowship winner, is all of these (and more!). Join us as we discuss lab training, microfluidics, antibiotic resistance, and how small the world really is....networking is key!
22 minutes | 4 months ago
CRISPR is Eating the World
The discovery and application of different ways to edit genes has revolutionized how we understand biological systems. Mammoth Biosciences' CTO Dr. Janice Chen joins Mike to talk about how to launch a start-up, how to discover new CRISPR nucleases, and how to turn lab discoveries into products that benefit human health. You might also hear about riding in an Uber with a plate reader on your lap. Tune in!
18 minutes | 4 months ago
Stronger for the Future
SLAS CEO Vicki Loise discusses with Mike how 2021 will look different - but better! - for our conferences, symposia, journals, eLearning, podcasts, and microcredentials. Get ready to engage with us on many more levels as we storm into '21.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
Jurassic Park Culture and Dirty Sinks
If you need a crash course in synthetic biology and the sheer joy of natural products discovery, look no further than Dr. Keith Robison of Ginkgo Bioworks and his blog Omics! Omics!. Mike and Keith cover the wacky world of biology, from finding bugs in oil reserves and sea slugs to the unexpected wealth of molecular diversity that emerges to treat human disease and even COVID-19. Careful listeners will hear about slime molds, dirty tubs, FK-506, and just how many computational cycles you can buy for $1. What color is that resistor, again? Join us!
13 minutes | 4 months ago
Make Stuff Happen
Would you start from nothing, over and over? SLAS Board Member Peter Simpson has...twice! First as the founding CSO for Medicines Discovery Catapult, an innovation organization supporting biotech and pharma, and most recently as one of four leaders of the Lighthouse response effort to combat COVID-19. Learn how Peter displays resiliency, depends on the "non-sexy" transferable skills of screening and biomarkers, and pushes forward with a keen sense of humor and wit.
17 minutes | 5 months ago
A Real-time Protein Traffic Report
Got biomarkers? Correlia can help! Join Mike and 2020 Ignite Award Winner Akwasi Apori, CEO & President of Correlia Biosystems, as they discuss how assay automation through microfludics can help in every phase of drug development. We'll touch upon launching companies from academic labs, the pride of watching a beta prototype sputter to life, what it's like to be on the floor at SLAS, surrounded by scientists and potential customers, and generating collaborative partners from unexpected places.
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