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

 

In this week's episode, Dr. Rob Spitale joins RadioBio to discuss RNA and its impact on cellular function and disease. Dr. Spitale shares the innovative biochemical approaches his lab uses to understand the role of RNA molecules in normal cell biology, as well as disease! Listen below!

 

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Art credit: Kinsey Brock

Art credit: Kinsey Brock

Dr. Rob Spitale

In many cells, RNA plays an essential role in regulation. Technological innovations are needed to further understand the role of RNA molecules in regulating basic biological function. Further, there is a need to expand the biochemistry toolkit to understand how large groups of RNAs are working in parallel inside living cells. The Spitale lab develops novel biochemical approaches toward understanding the role of RNA molecules in normal cell biology, as well as disease. Today we are going to learn about these new methods and tools in the RNA world from our guest Dr. Spitale himself.

Art Credit: Jeff Lauder

Art Credit: Jeff Lauder

Dr. Chris Amemiya

What are coelacanths? Why would a marine fish contain chitin, a sugar that makes up the exoskeleton of insects? How do sharks sense fish? Why do we care about lamprey immune systems? Dr. Chris Amemiya from the Benaroya Research Institute studies these questions using comparative genomics. This research will improve our understanding of marine ecology as well as immunology, and holds implications for both the medical and biotechnical fields.

Art credit: Kinsey Brock

Art credit: Kinsey Brock

Dr. Emily Jane Mctavish

The famous geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky once said, "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." But how do we study evolution? How do we reconstruct evolutionary relationships amongst hundreds, even thousands of taxa across the tree of life? Can we really predict how fast species evolve? Dr. Emily Jane McTavish, Assistant Professor in the Quantitative & Systems Biology graduate group at the University of California, Merced, joins us to talk about her research as a phylogeneticist and computational biologist.

Art credit: Jeff Lauder

Art credit: Jeff Lauder

Dr. nathan lanning

Everyone knows the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. But what changes does it undergo to promote cancer and other diseases? We sit down with Dr. Nathan Lanning of California State University, Los Angeles and discuss his work regarding mitochondria dysfunction.

 

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News & Updates

 

5/17/2017

RadioBio has plans for special content during the summer! Stay tuned for more news on RadioBio's summer programming, "RadioBio Dispatches."

4/20/2017

RadioBio is now available to listen through your favorite pod-catchers! Currently on Stitcher, Mixcloud, and soon on Tunein and Player.FM. You can also listen to RadioBio on iTunes shortly!

4/13/2017

RadioBio's interview with Dr. Emily Jane McTavish is now live. Listen to it here, on SoundCloud, or on Google Play Music!

4/2/2017

RadioBio interviewers Craig and Genevieve recorded a segment for KYOS' Community Conversations. Segment is expected to air next week. More info to come.

3/13/2017

RadioBio's first podcast featuring Dr. Nathan Lanning is now posted! Please check it out. If you like it, let us know!

2/16/17

Editing and approval is underway for RadioBio's first podcast. Stay tuned for the release!

 

We are Radiobio

 
The RadioBio group: Jeff Lauder, Morgan Quail, Craig Ennis, Angel Kongsomboonvech, Fred Wolf, Kinsey Brock, Cristie Donham, Genevieve Mullins, Stephen Wilson, Rohit Gupta, and Thad Seher. PC: Justin Yeager.

The RadioBio group: Jeff Lauder, Morgan Quail, Craig Ennis, Angel Kongsomboonvech, Fred Wolf, Kinsey Brock, Cristie Donham, Genevieve Mullins, Stephen Wilson, Rohit Gupta, and Thad Seher. PC: Justin Yeager.

The UC Merced graduate students and professor responsible for making RadioBio.

RadioBio is supported by UC Merced's Quantitative and Systems Biology graduate group.

If you want to contact RadioBio, email us at radiobioucm.gmail.com