Welcome to radiobio

RadioBio is a podcast where UC Merced biology graduate students talk with scientists about biological systems, from molecules to ecosystems.


RadioBio is now featured on Mariposa public radio (KRYZ LPFM 98.5 or online at kryzradio.org) Tuesdays at 5:30pm and Thursdays at 8am!

Have you ever wondered what happens with physics and biology meet? No? Well, now is the time to start! Dr. Ned Wingreen, a biophysicist from Princeton enlightens us on what phase separation is, the most abundant protein on earth (spoiler alert: its RuBisCO), and how he got into biophysics. Listen to life!


RadioBio is now on NSF Science360 Radio! Listen online or through their app!


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Season Four

Art credit: Jackie Shay

Art credit: Jackie Shay

Dr. Ned Wingreen: How Matter Behaves

Matter in a random universe. How does it behave? Can we predict it? When physics meets biology, this intersection between two disciplines can crack some major gaps in our understanding of how matter transforms from one state to another. Today we discuss proteins that change their physical state and the theory that goes into understanding this state change.

Art credit: Jeff Lauder and Kinsey Brock

Art credit: Jeff Lauder and Kinsey Brock

Drought in CA Dispatch

Water. It is one of the basic requirements of life as we know it, especially in California. The Washoe people of California's Sierra Nevada mountains believe that all water bodies contain water spirits known as water babies that dictate if you will catch fish or if the river will run dry. And these beliefs are founded in the reality of water's significance...the Sierra Nevada mountains are the reservoir of California, with more than 60% of the state's water originating in the mountains. Our history, our economy, our entire being is tied to how much water falls on these mountains. But what happens...when the water stops?

Today, Kinsey Brock, Morgan Quail, and I, Jeff Lauder, speak with a hydrologist and three ecologists about what made the 2012-2016 drought so historic, and how studying its impacts on forest ecosystems can help us understand what a changing climate means for California.


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