Finding Genius Podcast

Finding Genius Podcast

Podcast interviews with genius-level (top .1%) practitioners, scientists, researchers, clinicians and professionals in Cancer, 3D Bio Printing, CRISPR-CAS9, Ketogenic Diets, the Microbiome, Extracellular Vesicles, and more. Subscribe today for the latest medical, health and bioscience insights from geniuses in their field(s).... Show More

Episodes

July 10, 2020 48 min

Returning guest and computational chemist known as Dr. Coffee, Christopher Hendon explores all that's behind our morning cup, from differences in water for coffee and methods of brewing coffee

Listeners will learn

  • How his efforts toward sustainability focus on brewing coffee with more flavor and less coffee waste,
  • What effect soft versus hard water will have on flavor highlights, and
  • How variables such as country of origin a...
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    Dermatologist and immunologist Louis Falo has created an innovative delivery method for vaccines that also has cancer treatment applications in the form of a skin patch with a microneedle array.

    He describes for listeners

  • How this reaches the dermis skin layer through dissolvable microneedles,
  • Why this skin layer, replete with antigen-presenting cells and other vital cells like T-cells, is an ideal microenvironment to initiate safe...
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    Yael David utilizes chemistry and biology in her approach to understanding the impact of environmental factors on epigenetic structures and mechanism and how they in turn affect our DNA.

    In this podcast, she explains

  • Multiple layers of epigenetic effects on genes from high to low resolution,
  • The different approaches in understanding what determines epigenetics, including her own stance that environmental factors are key, and
  • How ...
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    Kenneth & Blaire Mossman Professor of Microbiology, Steven W. Wilhelm, joins the show to talk about cyanobacteria, the problems presented by blue-green algae blooms, and the research he’s conducting in the lab.

    In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What the difference is between a blue-green algal bloom and a “dead zone”
  • Why the switch from ammonium nitrate to urea as fertilizer about 25 years ago coincided with blue-green algal bloo...
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    Chief Scientific Officer at Distributed Bio, Sawsan Youssef, joins the show to discuss her work at this unique company, and why it might hold promise for treating the COVID-19 virus and other medical conditions.

    In this episode, you will learn:

  • What an antibody is, and how antibody therapeutics are developed
  • How antibody therapy might prevent the COVID-19 virus from binding to host cells, thereby preventing illness
  • How Distributed B...
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    Associate Professor Michelle Power discusses her expertise in the study of host-parasite associations in wildlife, with particular emphasis on protozoan parasites.

    Tune in to discover:

  • What differentiates the two main classes of resistant bacteria and why this has important implications for humans, and potentially wildlife
  • Why it is important to think about the many interactions within organisms relative to disease (i.e. the conte...
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    Carla McGuire Davis, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine; and Chief, Section of Immunology, Allergy and Retrovirology, as well as Director, Food Allergy Program at Texas Children's Hospital discusses her work, touching on topics, such as autoimmune diseases, immunology, and allergies.

     

    Podcast Points:

  • What are some of the most common food allergies?
  • How does oral immunotherapy work?
  • Should I be conc...
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    Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Atomistic Simulation & Energy Group at MIT, Asegun Henry, discusses his research and how it may hold the key to moving the needle on climate change.

    In this episode, you will learn:

  • How heat is transferred between atoms, what factors heat transfer mechanisms are dependent upon, and what happens at extremely hot temperatures   
  • How electricity c...
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    Author and researcher Asher Yaron talks about his process of discovering the elements of what it takes to bring in a satisfying pot of coffee

    He tells listeners 

  • That caffeine is only one of several important chemical components to coffee and how to make the most of them all,
  • Whether fresh-roasted coffee really needs to "rest" and other myths large coffee corporations spread, and
  • How compounds fresh from roasting have p...
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    Dr. Jakob Begun is a professor at the University of Queensland School of Medicine where he runs a research lab, as well as a practicing gastroenterologist at the Mater Hospital where he runs an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) clinic.

    In this episode, you will learn:

  • What the important distinctions are between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Why identifying microbial diversity in the gut isn’t ...
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    Clair Brown is Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley. Clair has published research on many aspects of inequality and sustainability. Her book Buddhist Economics: An enlightened approach to the dismal science (Bloomsbury Press) provides an economic framework that integrates global sustainability, shared prosperity and care for the human spirit.

    This holistic approach is based on actual national policies that reduce inequality, prote...

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    Professor Kallol Gupta's research into natural peptides and receptors, specifically neurotoxins, lead him on a path towards the deep sea cone snail, which release neurotoxins particularly helpful in studying how our cellular membranes work.

    He explains

  • Why the hydrophobic exterior of membranes are particularly hard to study and how a new technique with mass spectrometry has enabled a superior approach,
  • What the "resolution...
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    Andrea Ferrero studies monetary economics and international macroeconomics. In this podcast he discusses what has and may happen to the economy under government-imposed shutdowns.

    He shares with listeners his thoughts on

  • How the collapse of 2007 set us up with low interest rates at the outset of the pandemic and why that's important,
  • The difference between how monetary and fiscal policy are playing out, and
  • What he projects unde...
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    Mark Lurie is an associate professor of epidemiology at Brown University who joins the show to discuss his work from the early 90s until the present day.

    Tune in to discover:

  • What was primarily to blame for the early spread of TB in Africa, as well as the spread and development of HIV hotspots
  • How and why early intervention is so important in the control of infectious diseases
  • How the response to the COVID-19 pandemic differs from ...
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    Co-lead of the meteorology team on the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Extreme Expedition and professor in the Department of Geography at Appalachian State University, Baker Perry, joins the show to discuss his fascinating and truly unique work.

    Tune in to discover:

  • How the recently-installed weather stations on Mt. Everest are filling a critical role in climber safety 
  • What has been learned about the intensity of s...
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    Author, screenwriter, and storyteller Edward Savio joins the show to discuss his works and the perspectives that inspired them.

    In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • What led Savio to write Idiots in the Machine, an anti-screenplay novel (and what rules were broken in the creation of it)
  • How Savio (or his characters) view a range of topics, like technology, sustainability, the idea of economic growth, and even interpersonal relationshi...
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    In her research, Dr. Caroline Ng addresses how to effectively treat malaria as scientists face possible drug resistance. 

    She explains for listeners

  • The cycle and stages of malaria-causing parasites and what causes common malaria symptoms,
  • Why the asexual blood stage of the parasite is especially important in understanding how to disrupt its infection, and
  • What signs of resistance are scientists observing and how her research hope...
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    Professor Vythilingam started working with parasitic diseases in the early 1980s and now studies the recent upsurge in Plasmodium knowlesi in humans, which is a malaria originating in monkey hosts. 

    In this podcast, she discusses

  • How scientists traced the different Plasmodium species to discover that humans were being infected with this simian malaria that originates from different parasites,
  • Why it's important that Malaysian ...
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    Andrew Thompson is a Professor of Parasitology at Murdoch University who joins the show to discuss the ins and outs of his research on parasites.

    In this episode, you will learn:

  • How parasites can change and/or be introduced as a result of human involvement
  • How the recreational pursuit of fox hunting and domestication of horses led to an artificial parasitic cycle (hydatid disease) in the UK
  • What mechanisms certain parasites have...
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    Cheri Ackerman and Cameron Myhrvold explain their innovative new system to test for multiple viruses in one test.

    They explain

  • The overarching goal of low cost alongside high scale allowing multiple diagnostics at once,
  • How a microwell array chip and criprs cas-13 work together in this test, and
  • How the timing of this test works and their future goals. 
  • Dr. Cheri Ackerman is the cofounder and CEO of Concerto Biosciences and Dr. Cam...

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