Welcome to the NEB® Podcast Series, Lessons from Lab & Life™

NEB_podcast_icon_White 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.

Get started by listening to Lessons from Lab & Life below, or download from iTunes.


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NEB Podcast Episode #8 -
Interview with Tom Knight: The Future of Synthetic Biology

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Posted: Wednesday, 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

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Posted: Monday, 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?

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Posted: Monday, 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

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Posted: Friday, 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?

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Posted: Sunday, 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

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Posted: Wednesday, 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

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Posted: Wednesday, 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.

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About your host:


Lydia Morrison
NEB Marketing Communications Writer

Lydia is a scientist by training and a communicator by nature, and has a knack for asking one too many questions.

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