New Matter: Inside the Minds of SLAS Scientists

New Matter: Inside the Minds of SLAS Scientists

The official Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) podcast explores advances in automation, cellular imaging, big data and what's coming in the spaces between traditional scientific disciplines. Guests often include members of SLAS along with innovators, leading experts and other members of the global scientific community to highlight technology and even career stories. Episodes are released every week and subscribe to New Matter - available on all podcast players.


February 20, 2024 50 mins

Ramisa Fariha, Ph.D. student at Brown University, joins Hannah to discuss her experiences and perspectives on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues in the lab. 

Ramisa shares her professional journey from Bangladesh to the United States and discusses how her various identities — including gender, race and religious background— have influenced her interactions and perceptions.

The conversation sheds light on...

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Salve Therapeutics Founder and CEO Stefan Lukianov, M.S., joins us to share his intriguing journey from childhood aspirations to his current role in the biotech startup scene!

The episode starts with a lighthearted exploration of Stefan's childhood dreams, from wanting to be an archaeologist to briefly considering a career as a disc jockey. However, science remained a consistent interest, sparked by a memorable G.I. Joe episode...

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You may recognize him from the first episode in our "Lab of the Future" series: Rishi Mahajan, M.S., lead automation engineer at Regeneron, returns to the podcast to share his career story! 

Rishi shares his unconventional journey, from childhood with no clear career aspirations to becoming a seasoned automation engineer. He highlights his college major selection and how he navigated education challenges in ...

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Our guest for this Career Trajectories episode is Kalpesh Gupta, M.S., Associate Director of Research Automation at Moderna. Kalpesh shares his journey from a childhood shaped by traditional career expectations in India to becoming a key player in laboratory automation at one of the world's leading biotech companies.

Kalpesh recounts the early years of working at Moderna and the company's unprecedented growth.  H...

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In this special episode, the hosts of the popular podcast "This Podcast Will Kill You" and SLAS2024 International Conference and Exhibition Keynote Speakers Erin Welsh, Ph.D., and Erin Allmann Updyke, M.D., Ph.D., join host Hannah Rosen, Ph.D., for a riveting discussion!

The duo, both disease ecologists, delve into the intricacies of science communication, the challenges scientists face in admitting uncertainty a...

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Continuing our Career Trajectories series, we have Yulia Gerhardt Tazikova, Winclove Probiotics Senior Global Account and Business Development Manager, on New Matter, to share her story. She shares experiences from her academic pursuits, shedding light on the importance of adaptability and seizing opportunities.

Yulia highlights her multilingual abilities, acquired through deliberate efforts to bridge language gaps and discusses the...

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Founding Director at Open Pharma Research Zahid Tharia, joins us for a conversation about the evolution of the lab of the future. Tharia discusses his story of launching Open Pharma Research which led to the inception of the Lab of the Future Congress.

Listen for the major highlights of the recent Lab of the Future Congress in Amsterdam and a preview of upcoming events in 2024, including the Lab of the Future Congress USA...

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In this special episode, Scigilian Vice President, Product and Strategy Chatura Jayakody, M.B.A., and Merck Director, Discovery Sample Management Janet Diratsouian, M.S., join Hannah for a discussion on how Scigilian's compound management software has helped to improve sample management processes at Merck.  Catch Scigilian and their software on display at the upcoming  SLAS 2023 Americas Sample Management Symposium!


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This episode of our "Lab of the Future" series focuses on the importance of collaborations in designing lab of the future products. Our guest is Biosero Chief Executive Officer Ryan Bernhardt, to share how Biosero collaborates with other companies and why more companies should get involved.  

Key Learning Points:

  • Examples of the lab of the future-focused collaborations 
  • The challenges and advantages of forming partnershi...
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The vagus nerve plays a crucial role in the autonomic nervous system as it is responsible for many vital functions like adjusting heart rate, breathing and digestion among many others. Current research on the vagus nerve is looking at how stimulating the nerve can treat auditory and motor impairments and diseases.

Our guest for this episode is University of Florida Associate Professor Tracy Centanni, M.S., Ph.D., to expla...

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In this installment of our "Lab of the Future"  series, we take a look at how data management is evolving as laboratory technology continues to advance. Our guest is Genedata Head of Strategic Operations Oliver Leven, Ph.D., and Business Development Manager – Automation Sascha Fischer, M.Sc., to share their perspectives on data management and what Genedata is contributing to the Lab of the Future. 

Key Learning Points:

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Our guests for this episode are Readily3D Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Paul Delrot, M.Sc., Ph.D., and Sales Executive  Leoni Stienne, M.Sc., to talk to us about the company's success at SLAS Europe 2023 by winning the New Product Award for the Tomolite Bioprinter

Paul and Leoni share their experience attending their first SLAS Conference and how it felt to take home the prestigious award. Also, how researc...

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We continue our series on Accessibility in the Lab – each episode explores the importance of accessibility in the lab, academia, the workforce and other applications.

Our guest for this episode is Marilee Lloyd, AIA, who is the National Leader for Laboratory Planning at HED, one of the oldest and largest architecture firms in the US. Lloyd has over 37 years of experience managing and designing multifaceted projects for pha...

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In this installment of our "Lab of the Future"  series, we take a look at how open-source is changing the research landscape at a rapid pace. Our guest is Opentrons CEO Jon Brennan-Badal, who's here to share his perspectives on open-source technology in the life sciences and how Opentrons' latest product Opentrons Flex™ is designed to help researchers break new grounds in R&D. 

Key Learning Points:

  • The ben...
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Our guest for this episode is Bionomous Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Frank Bonnet, M.S., Ph.D., to talk to us about the company's success at SLAS Europe 2023 by winning both the New Product Award for the EggSorter device AND winning the Ignite Award as an Innovation AveNEW company! 

Bonnet walks us through what it was like to be named a double award winner and his team's SLAS Europe 2023 experience. He ...

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Our guest for this episode is Byonoy Chief Sales Officer Colten Wimmer, to talk to us about the Absorbance 96 Automate device that won the New Product Award at SLAS2023!  

Wimmer walks us through the design and applications for the product which is the world's first on-deck plate reader. Discover how Absorbance 96 Automate's small footprint and z-axis serviceability facilitates its easy integration, allowing serv...

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The pace at which bioprinting technology is advancing shows that it is not just a passing trend, but rather a powerful force that's revolutionizing healthcare.

To better understand the current state of bioprinting and its clinical applications,  we're joined by bioprinting expert Didarul Bhuiyan, Ph.D., Sr. Scientist, R&D - Bioprinting at West Pharmaceuticals Services. Didarul shares his expertise in the fiel...

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Our guest for this episode is BLINK Product Developer Hartmut Bocker, Ph.D., to talk to us about the BLINK X device that won the New Product Award at SLAS2023!  

Listen in to learn how BLINK X's lightning-fast cycling times and unique color-coded bead system are making cross-interference free multiplexing a reality. As we discuss the future of the BLINK X system, you'll learn about the development of a small devi...

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Recorded straight from the SLAS Europe 2023 exhibit hall floor – New Matter host, Hannah Rosen, Ph.D., and SLAS Scientific Director Lesley Mathews, Ph.D., speaks with winners of the Tony B. Award and the Student Poster Award!

Congratulations to our winners!
(Listed in interview order)

Tony B. Travel Award
Ádám Wolf,
Ph.D. Student (Óbuda University)
Towards robotic laboratory automation Plug & Play:...

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We continue our series on the "Lab of the Future"  by delving into the importance of end-to-end workflows with Agilent Director of Digital Lab Innovation, Informatics Division Robert Williams, Ph.D.

Williams discusses how Agilent views the lab of the future and why end-to-end workflows are so critical. He explains the benefits of these workflows and how they can streamline processes and save time.


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