|The NEB podcast series, Lessons from Lab & Life, is dedicated to sharing helpful life lessons from successful scientists. From an overview of cutting edge research to finding sources of inspiration, our podcasts can be enjoyed by science enthusiasts that like to ponder “what it all means”. Listen as leading researchers draw lessons from where scientific concepts (and misconceptions) have come from, where they are now, and where they are headed in the not-too-distant future. If you’ve got 20 minutes, we’ve got a story that just might interest you.
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NEB Podcast Episode #16– Interview with 2019 Passion in Science Awardees: Global STEM Education Programs
Posted: July 3, 2019
Duration: 27:04 min.
Featuring: Steven Farber, Founder of BioEYES; Mahmoud Bukar Maina, Founder of Science Communication Hub Nigeria; Daniel Heid, Founder of Xenoplex STEM Center, Alicia Bielik, NEB Glycobiology & Proteomics Group Leader, & Lydia Morrison, NEB Marketing Communications Writer & Podcast Host
Hear from the founders of the STEM programs BioEYES, SciComNigeria, and Xenoplex STEM Center about how they are connecting students and community with science around the world.
NEB Podcast Episode #15– Interview with Ron Weiss: Advances in Synthetic Biology
Posted: May 29, 2019
Duration: 29:36 min.
Featuring: Ron Weiss, Professor of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Lydia Morrison, NEB Marketing Communications Writer & Podcast Host
Hear about the advances in medicine and environmental sustainability that synthetic biology is enabling, and how you can learn more about biological engineering.
NEB Podcast Episode #14– Interview with Reforest The Tropics: Offsetting Carbon emissions through reforestation
Posted: April 26, 2019
Duration: 18:38 min.
Featuring: Dr. Herster Barres, Founder and Director of Research, Reforest The Tropics; Harry Hintlian, Chairman of the Board, Reforest The Tropics; Greg Powell, Executive Director, Reforest The Tropics & Lydia Morrison, NEB Marketing Communications Writer & Podcast Host
Hear how Reforest The Tropics carbon offset reforestation projects in Costa Rica are helping U.S emitters offset their footprints.
NEB Podcast Episode #13– Interview with Hiring Experts: Tips for Landing Your New Science Career
Posted: March 26, 2019
Duration: 19:34 min.
Featuring: Melonie Dodaro, CEO, Top Dog Social Media; Regina Naboshek, Human Resource Manager, New England Biolabs; Fiona Stewart, Product Portfolio Manager, New England Biolabs & Lydia Morrison, NEB Marketing Communications Writer & Podcast Host
Get your application noticed and ace your Science Job interview with tips from hiring managers and LinkedIn Experts.
NEB Podcast Episode #12– Interview with Sustainable Science Experts: Panel Discussion from Go Green Symposium
Posted: February 26, 2019
Duration: 27:40 min.
Featuring: Allison Paradise, CEO of My Green Lab®; Quentin Gilly, Senior Sustainability Officer, Harvard University; Suzanne Wood, Sustainability & Energy Manager, UMass Medical School; Ali Safavi, President & CEO, Grenova®, Schuyler Stuart, Account Manager, Triumvirate Environmental® & Lydia Morrison, NEB Marketing Communications Writer & Podcast Host
A panel of experts in research laboratory sustainable practices discuss cost effective and eco-friendly strategies for dealing with life science lab waste. Get the latest on ways to green your lab at www.labconscious.com.
NEB Podcast Episode #11 – Interview with Andy Bertera: NEB Passion in Science Awards®
Posted: January 15, 2019
Duration: 17:51 min.
Featuring: Andy Bertera, Executive Director of Marketing and Sales, New England Biolabs & Lydia Morrison, NEB Marketing Communications Writer & Podcast Host
Andy Bertera explains how the Passion in Science Awards® were conceived to celebrate New England Biolabs’ 40th anniversary, and shares stories of a few of his favorite winners from previous award ceremonies. Learn more about the Passion in Science Awards at www.nebpassioninscience.com.
NEB Podcast Episode #10 – Interview with Scott Chimileski: Microbes are Everywhere!
Posted: November 29, 2018
Duration: 22:53 min.
Featuring: Scott Chimileski, Post-doctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School & Lydia Morrison, NEB Marketing Communications Writer & Podcast Host
Scott Chimileski is a Postdoc at Harvard Medical School, a photographer and 2016 Passion in Science Awards™ winner. Hear how Scott’s science mentor selection and careful planning have led to early career success studying microbes and sharing his work through art.
NEB Podcast Episode #9 – Interview with Bill Jack: The History and Impact of Molecular Cloning
Posted: October 26, 2018
Duration: 17:46 min.
Featuring: Bill Jack, Senior Scientist, New England Biolabs & Lydia Morrison, NEB Marketing Communications Writer & Podcast Host
Bill Jack is a senior scientists at NEB, and has been in the cloning field for more than 35 years. He describes the history of molecular cloning and how it impacts science and medicine today.
NEB Podcast Episode #8 – Interview with Tom Knight: The Future of Synthetic Biology
Posted: September 26, 2018
Duration: 26:11 min.
Featuring: Tom Knight, co-Founder of Ginkgo Bioworks & Lydia Morrison, NEB Marketing Communications Writer & Podcast Host
Tom Knight was among the first designers of bitmap displays and ITS operating systems. Then, he decided to apply what he knew about electrical engineering and computer science to biology, and he became known as the ‘Godfather of Synthetic Biology.’ Tom is one of the co-founders of Ginkgo Bioworks, a synthetic biology company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, developing new organisms that replace technology with biology.
NEB Podcast Episode #7 – Interview with Greg Patton: PCR in Food Safety Testing and Point of Care Diagnostics
Posted: August 27, 2018
Duration: 21:31 min.
Featuring: Gregory Patton, Development Scientist III, New England Biolabs & Lydia Morrison, NEB Marketing Communications Writer & Podcast Host
Greg Patton is a development scientist at NEB, who routinely uses PCR in the lab. He explains how PCR is currently being used outside the lab to monitor food safety, and in doctor’s offices to test for HIV infection and much more.
NEB Podcast Episode #6 – Interview with Aaron Pomerantz: Where do butterflies get their color?
Posted: July 30, 2018
Duration: 16:41 min.
Featuring: Aaron Pomerantz, Ph.D. candidate, Integrative Biology Department, University of California, Berkeley & Lydia Morrison, NEB Marketing Communications Writer & Podcast Host
Aaron Pomerantz shares the creative way he has combined his interest in entomology and field research with his passion for self-made discoveries, in the Integrative Biology department at UC Berkeley.
NEB Podcast Episode #5 – Interview with Tom Evans: NEB’s Life Science Research Goals
Posted: June 29, 2018
Duration: 13:20 min.
Featuring: Tom Evans, Ph.D., Executive Director of Research at New England Biolabs (NEB) & Lydia Morrison, NEB Marketing Communications Writer & Podcast Host
Tom Evans, Executive Director of Research, explains the somewhat unorthodox goals of the research department at NEB, where scientists focus on publication-worthy findings in an academically modeled department that supports the development of NEB reagents for molecular biology applications.
NEB Podcast Episode #4 – Interview with Sabah Ul-Hasan: What does symbiosis in science mean?
Posted: March 25, 2018
Duration: 17:52 min.
Featuring: Sabah Ul-Hasan, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Merced, CA & Lydia Morrison, NEB Marketing Communications Writer & Podcast Host
Sabah Ul-Hasan is the co-founder of the Biota Project, a science outreach organization dedicated to celebrating communities and connecting them to the science and nature they are surrounded by. The goal of the project is to promote mutual understanding and appreciation, or symbiosis, through the production of educational videos.
NEB Podcast Episode #3 – Interview with Becky Kucera: What PCR and Kary Mullis Taught Me about Life
Posted: March 7, 2018
Duration: 21:58 min.
Featuring: Becky Kucera, Principal Development Scientist of Applications & Product Development, New England Biolabs, Inc. & Lydia Morrison, NEB Technical Writer and Podcast Host
Becky Kucera has been an active member of the scientific community at NEB for over 30 years. She was at the bench during the early years after the concept of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was conceived by Kary Mullis. Becky reminisces about what this initially controversial technique meant to life scientists and what it taught her about tenaciously believing in one’s own theories.
NEB Podcast Episode #2 – Interview with Angela Belcher: Seeking Inspiration for Innovative Science
Posted: March 7, 2018
Duration: 22:42 min.
Featuring: Angela Belcher, James Mason Crafts Professor of Biological Engineering and Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts & Chris Noren, recently retired Scientific Director of Chemical Biology Research, New England Biolabs, Inc.
Angela Belcher’s innovative science has found its inspiration in some pretty unlikely places, such as the pages of the NEB catalog and the exoskeletons of sea creatures. She has always been driven to discover, but it is her ability to find inspired biological solutions to limitations in current technologies that make her science so successful.
NEB Podcast Episode #1 – Interview with Sir Richard Roberts: Microbes and Bacteria, Your Friendly Neighborhood Watch
Posted: March 7, 2018
Duration: 13:40 min.
Featuring: Sir Richard Roberts, Nobel Laureate, Chief Scientific Officer of New England Biolabs, Inc. & Sriharsa Pradhan, Distinguished Scientist of the Genome Biology Research, New England Biolabs, Inc.
Sriharsa Pradhan first met Rich Roberts when he applied for a postdoctoral position in Roberts' lab at Cold Spring Harbor, and he immediately knew that Rich does and thinks about things a bit differently. In this episode, Rich explains why bacteria and microbes have such a bad rap, and why the public should adjust the way we think about these organisms.
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