Summer Ash is the Director of Outreach for Columbia University’s Department of Astronomy. In 2012 she underwent open-heart surgery to fix a life-threatening condition. Here she discusses her surgery, recovery, and life with a bionic heartbeat.
Sloane Guy is a robotic cardiac surgeon at Weill Cornell Medicine. Here he gives an overview of the anatomy of the heart and describes how he uses cutting-edge robotics to develop minimally invasive procedures for cardiac patients.
Nicole Bouvier is a microbiologist at Mount Sinai studying the biology of the flu virus. Here she talks about the many factors that affect flu transmission.
Jeffrey Shaman discusses how statistical models can be used to forecast the spread of infectious diseases, including influenza, using environmental data. Some of his work has focused specifically on predicting the spread of respiratory viral infections right here in NYC.
Franz Schaub from the Moffitt Cancer Center
If your body has a tumor, in a weird way, you are eating for two! For your healthy cells and the cancerous ones. And just like you are a product of your diet, so is the cancer. Franz Schaub talks about how what you eat produces changes in your cells that need to be considered when trying to treat the disease.
Lindsey Shaw from the University of South Florida
Why are there so many antibiotic resistant bacteria now? How worried should we be? Lindsey Shaw talks here about the biological arms race against the disease causing bacteria making us sick.
Hemachander Subramanian from the Moffitt Cancer Center
Physics well describes much of the non-living world, but we still have much to learn about the basic principles of the living world. Why is DNA structured the way it is? How does this relate to living systems. Hema talks about this and more.
Sinéad Aherne from the Moffitt Cancer Center
Junk DNA was the term used to describe all the bits of our genetic code that didn’t seem to code for anything. Now we know that there are tiny bits of that DNA that is translated into something that can have a huge impact on cancer.
Sergiy Borysov from the University of Tampa
Why is genetic information important when understanding cancer? This is the theme of Sergiy’s talk.
Lynn B. (Marty) Martin from the University of South Florida
We know that stress is bad for us, and that being sick is no fun, but did you know that stress may make the situation worse? Marty talks about being stressed makes us more likely to make those around us sick too.
Kim Luddy is a research associate at Moffitt Cancer Center. Her work focuses on our own personal army - namely the immune system. How it protects us, how it turns against us and how we can use it to beat diseases such as cancer.
Mya Breitbart is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science. We may think we're only human, but she knows that our human cells are vastly outnumbered by microbes. Listen to her talk about how they may dictate everything from how we digest our food to how we smell.
Sarah Fontaine is a postdoc at the Byrd Alzheimer's Institute at the University of South Florida. She talks about using models to look at memory loss but how dementia itself is uniquely human.
Neva Parker is a microbiologist by training. She works at White Labs on developing yeast to produce different flavors in the favorite beverage of brewers.
Frank Cornelissen is a research fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK and the University of California, San Diego, US. Listen to him talk about the power of human networks and how they go against our expectations.
UCSD postdoc Erilynn Heinrichsen outlines a novel way to diagnose iron deficiency.
Francesca is a postdoc at UCSD and a researcher studying the development of the placenta and diagnostic tools to improve health in pregnancy.
Assistant Professor at USCD, Bill Joiner works on the science of sleep. Listen to him explain why it's so important.
Larry Goldstein is a Distinguished Professor at UCSD and a pioneer in stem cell research. Listen to him explain how stem cells are the new "plastic".
Tessa Verhoef is a postdoc in the Center for Research in Language at UCSD. She studies the evolution of language - here she describes how we can do it through whistling.
Indroneal Banerjee is a postdoc at UCSD. He studies cardiac disease during development and in adults.
The universe is out to hurt you. Self-preservation starts with your sensory nerves, found throughout the body from toes to nose. These nerves trigger pain using sensors that detect specific dangers (heat and cold). These same sensors have been targeted by defense-minded plants (chili peppers and peppermint), to elicit pain upon ingestion. Understanding why chili is hot and why you should put it in birdseed has opened up pain research.
Tom Taylor-Clark is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida. He spoke at the Tampa Pint of Science events in May 2015.
Prior to 1995, only nine, ahem, eight planets (sorry Pluto!) were known to exist in our Galaxy, and all of them were in our Solar System. Since that time, over 1800 planets have been discovered orbiting other stars, and, in addition to these "exoplanets", over 4600 planetary candidates have been identified. We are learning that planets seem to be ubiquitous in our Galaxy! We will discuss the discovery and properties of exoplanets, as well as a bit of my own research on the host stars.
Simon Schuler is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tampa. He spoke at the Tampa Pint of Science events in May 2015.