Category: Science

Biomedical imaging doctoral researcher, Hanna Nowicka — WOAE091

Biomedical imaging doctoral researcher, Hanna Nowicka — WOAE091

Oxford doctoral researcher Hanna Nowicka explains the development of her interest in biomedical engineering and her work on brain imaging methods, and shares some of the realities of DPhil/PhD life. Hanna is a Clarendon Scholar who conducted her research at FMRIB, Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging. Listen using the audio player above or download the … Continue reading Biomedical imaging doctoral researcher, Hanna Nowicka — WOAE091

Vectorology and gene therapy, Dr Leszek Lisowski — WOAE083

Vectorology and gene therapy, Dr Leszek Lisowski — WOAE083

An explanation of vectorology and genome editing and how viral vectors are used in gene therapy. Dr Leszek Lisowski is a molecular biologist who is Group Leader of  Translational Vectorology at the Children's Medical Research Institute and Manager of its Vector and Genome Engineering Facility. 

Introduction to Chemistry, Dr Adrian George — WOAE079

Introduction to Chemistry, Dr Adrian George — WOAE079

A conversation about chemistry with no assumed knowledge. Chemist Dr Adrian George explains some of the history of chemistry as a discipline and gives an introduction to  foundational concepts along with examples of how the knowledge of Chemistry is applied and used in our every day lives.

Palaeobiologist Glenn Brock — WOAE074

Palaeobiologist Glenn Brock — WOAE074

Associate Professor Glenn Anthony Brock explains deep time and the emergence and evolution of bilaterian animals that arose during the Cambrian Explosion. He also shares his experiences of field and lab work and insights about his discipline and academic life. Glenn is a researcher and lecturer with the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University.

Citizen science and ecology, Dr John Martin – WOAE058

Citizen science and ecology, Dr John Martin – WOAE058

Ecologist Dr John Martin from the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney discusses some of the history and benefits of citizen science which involves public participation in research projects. John also shares advice for individuals interested in studying ecology and thoughts on intervention research methods such as trapping animals for study and tracking.

Cannabinoid science, Professor Iain McGregor – WOAE055

Cannabinoid science, Professor Iain McGregor – WOAE055

More about developments in cannabinoid science as a follow on from a previous discussion about medical cannabis. Professor Iain McGregor is Academic Director of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics which is part of the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney. As well as explaining the human endocannabinoid system and the potential medicinal uses of various components of cannabis plants, Iain comments on the current regulatory approach to medical cannabis in Australia.

Medical cannabis, Professor Nick Lintzeris – WOAE052

Medical cannabis, Professor Nick Lintzeris – WOAE052

A discussion of medical cannabis and the regulatory frameworks and market forces which impact its availability in Australia and elsewhere. Nick Lintzeris is a director of drug and alcohol services in Sydney, a conjoint professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney, and a chief investigator for the newly established Australian Centre for Cannabinoid and Clinical Research Excellence.

Astronomer Benjamin Pope – WOAE045

Astronomer Benjamin Pope – WOAE045

Often the first question people ask astronomer Ben Pope is whether Pluto should be a planet. Ben shares his thoughts on this and how it relates to different approaches to astronomy. He also explains his own research of astronomical imaging. Ben has a DPhil in Astrophysics from the University of Oxford and is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sydney. He's been awarded a NASA Carl Sagan Fellowship to pursue research at NYU.

Science communication, Dr Will J Grant, ANU – WOAE042

Science communication, Dr Will J Grant, ANU – WOAE042

Insights about the purpose of science communication and tips for practitioners in a discussion with Dr Will Grant from the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at the Australian National University.  Will is a researcher, lecturer and convenor of graduate studies and workshops at CPAS. He also co-hosts an entertaining podcast, The Wholesome Show, in conversation with scientists.

Clinical neuroscience and migraines, Dinant Riks, Oxford – WOAE038

Clinical neuroscience and migraines, Dinant Riks, Oxford – WOAE038

Dinant Riks is a doctoral researcher of chronic migraines with the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford University where he's a member of Pembroke College. Dinant is using MRI technology to explore changes in the structure and function of the brain in the treatment of chronic migraines. We also discuss issues related to pain medication and Dinant shares insights from his previous studies of pharmacology and psychology.

Evolutionary psychology, Professor Robin Dunbar, Oxford – WOAE031

Evolutionary psychology, Professor Robin Dunbar, Oxford – WOAE031

Robin Dunbar is a world renowned professor of evolutionary biology. He explains his famous theory of social group sizes, known as Dunbar's number, which suggests there is a limited number of relationships which humans (and other primates) can maintain. We also discuss some of his other findings related to social bonding and the release of endorphins activated by certain interactions such as touch, laughing, singing, and dancing together. Professor Dunbar is with the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and he is a Fellow of Magdalen College.

Epidemiology, Andrew Linden, Oxford – WOAE026

Epidemiology, Andrew Linden, Oxford – WOAE026

Andrew Linden is a doctoral researcher of population health at Oxford University specialising in epidemiology. Andrew uses data from the UK and China biobanks to investigate how adult height is related to chronic diseases. A Clarendon Scholar and a member of Brasenose College, Andrew is also a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa and he was an actuarial consultant in London before moving to Oxford.

Reproductive genetics, Nada Kubikova, Oxford – WOAE024

Reproductive genetics, Nada Kubikova, Oxford – WOAE024

Nada Kubikova is a reproductive geneticist doing clinical work and doctoral research in a leading Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) lab in Oxford. PGD can be used during IVF to identify embryos affected by genetic disorders or abnormalities. Nada discusses innovations and ethical issues in her field. She also explains why infertility occurs in women. Nada is a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University and a member of Brasenose College.

Physicist Alice Schwarze, Oxford – WOAE020

Physicist Alice Schwarze, Oxford – WOAE020

Alice Schwarze is a physicist with the Mathematical Institute at Oxford University and a member of Pembroke College. Alice is a Clarendon Scholar specialising in systems approaches to biomedical science. She currently works on modelling protein-interaction networks for pharmaceutical applications. Alice got interested in physics as a young teen attending Mensa summer camps. We discuss her career development including what it's like working in a male-dominated field. Alice shares advice for young women thinking of becoming scientists.

Physicist Jojo Rahamim, Oxford – WOAE018

Physicist Jojo Rahamim, Oxford – WOAE018

Jojo Rahamim is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Physics at Oxford University where he is working on building a quantum computer. Jojo also has experience with particle physics and rocket science and you'll hear about how nanofibers are made and how rocket thrusters work. We discuss nuclear power, ethics in science, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and even time travel. Jojo shares stories of travelling across India in a rickshaw rally, attending the Burning Man festival, and performing in a children's entertainment troupe. He also explains the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah.

Paris climate agreement, Professor Myles Allen, Oxford – WOAE012

Paris climate agreement, Professor Myles Allen, Oxford – WOAE012

Oxford climate scientist Professor Myles Allen explains the Paris agreement on the day it comes into force. Professor Allen leads the Climate Research Programme at the Environmental Change Institute in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford where he also heads the Climate Dynamics Group in the Department of Physics.

Medical overdiagnosis, Jack O’Sullivan, Oxford – WOAE011

Medical overdiagnosis, Jack O’Sullivan, Oxford – WOAE011

Jack O'Sullivan is a medical doctor who researches overdiagnosis. He explains concerns about unnecessary tests detecting cancers which might never develop into serious health problems for individuals in their lifetimes. We also discuss the invention of medical conditions for commercial pharmaceutical purposes, among other topics. Jack is a Clarendon Scholar with the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University.

Archaeological science, Jaime Swift, Oxford – WOAE010

Archaeological science, Jaime Swift, Oxford – WOAE010

Jaime Swift is a biological and forensic anthropologist and archaeologist. She is a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University and a doctoral candidate in Archaeological Science. Jaime studied criminology and was a federal agent with the Australian Federal Police. She also previously spent a year on the professional tennis circuit. We discuss Jaime's career as well as her impressive archaeological research findings.