Past Guests & Topics List

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January 18, 2006

Guests: Samuel Wilson, M.D., Deputy Director, NIEHS,  Thomas Goehl, Editor-In-Chief (ret.), Environmental Health Perspectives, NIEHS

Topics: NIEHS, Environmental Health

January 26, 2006

Guest: Claudia Miller, M.D., M.S. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Topic: Chemical Intolerance

February 1, 2006

Guest: Michael Murphy, President & CEO, Gentris Corporation, Research Triangle Park, NC

Topics: Pharmacogenomics, Personalized Medicine

February 8, 2006

Guest: Chris Long, Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC

Topics: Green Buildings, Sustainability, EPA’s RTP Campus Project

February 15, 2006

Guests: Mark Dessauer and Cara Crissler, Active Living By Design, Chapel Hill, NC

Topic: Community Design and Physical Activity

February 22, 2006

Guest: Henry Greenside, Ph.D., Physics Department, Duke University

Topics: Einstein, Physics, Science and Math Education

March 1, 2006

Guest: Jaime Mancilla, Ph.D., Department of Otolaryngology, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topic: Neurobiology

March 8, 2006

Guest: Karen Joy Miller, Founder & President, Prevention Is the Cure, Huntington Beach, NY

Topics: Environmental Exposures and Health, Breast Cancer

March 22, 2006

Guest: Robin Swift, NC HIV/AIDS Training Center, Durham, NC

Topic: HIV/AIDS Medical Professional Training

March 29, 2006

Guests: Barry Teater, Communications Director, Maria Rapoza, Ph.D., Vice President, Science & Technology Development Program, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Research Triangle Park, NC

Topics: Biotechnology, North Carolina Biotechnology Center

April 5, 2006

Guests: Jeffrey Abbey, MBA, JD, Vice President, Business Development,  Charles Nicolette, Ph.D., Vice President, Research & Development, Argos Therapeutics, Inc., Durham, NC

Topics: Cancer Vaccines, Dendritic Cells as Therapeutic Agents

April 12, 2006

Guest: Doug Crawford-Brown, Ph.D., Director, Carolina Environmental Program; Professor, Environmental Sciences & Engineering, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Climate Change, Community Carbon Reduction Program (CRed)

April 19, 2006

Guest: Gary Mesibov, Ph.D., Director, Division TEACCH UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Autism, Division TEACCH

May 3, 2006

Guest: Peter White, Ph.D., Director, North Carolina Botanical Garden; Professor, Biology Department, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Biodiversity, Horticulture, NC Botanical Garden

May 24, 2006

Guests: Elizabeth Brannon, Ph.D., Patricia Bauer, Ph.D., Amy Needham, Ph.D.,  Duke University Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Topic: Infant Cognition

May 31, 2006

Guest: Jef French, Ph.D., Transgenic Carcinogenesis Group, Laboratory of Molecular Toxicology, NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, NC

Topics: Mouse Genetics, Complex Trait Consortium

June 7, 2006

Guest: James Donohue, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Chief of Pulmonary Division, UNC School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topic: Respiratory Diseases

June 21, 2006

Guests: Kenneth Hudnell, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Neurophysiological Toxicology Branch, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory;  Gary Foley, Ph.D., Director, National Center for Environmental    Research, Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC

Topics: Harmful Algal Blooms, GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems)

June 28, 2006

Guest: William Greenlee, Ph.D., President and CEO, CIIT Centers for Health Research, Research Triangle Park, NC

Topics: Chemical Exposure Research, Systems Biology, CIIT Centers for Health Research

July 12, 2006

Guest: John Butts, MD, North Carolina Chief Medical Examiner, Chapel Hill, NC

Topics: Forensic Pathology, NC Medical Examiner System

July 19, 2006

Guests: Remy Coeytaux, MD,  Wunian Chen, MD, UNC School of Medicine

Topic:  Acupuncture

July 26, 2006

Guest: Carol Winkelman, Author, A Complete Guide to Pregnancy Over 30, Chapel Hill, NC

Topics: Pregnancy and Childbirth After Age 40

August 2, 2006

Guest: Ritchie Shoemaker, MD, Private Practice, Pokomoke, MD

Topics: Mold-Related Illnesses, Neurobiotoxins

August 23, 2006

Guests: Neil Frazer, MD, Chief Operating Officer; Jean Chitwood, Vice President, Commercial, Erimos Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Raleigh, NC

Topic:  EM1421, Erimos’ candidate anti-cancer drug

August 30, 2006

Guest: Anne Yoder, Ph.D., Director,Duke University Lemur Center

Topics: Lemurs, Biogeography, Biodiversity, Conservation and Evolutionary Biology

September 6, 2006

Guest: Erich Jarvis, Ph.D., Neurobiologist, Duke University

Topics: Neurobiology of Vocal Learning and Communication, Songbirds as Model

September 13, 2006

Guest: Stuart Pimm, Ph.D., Conservation Ecologist, Duke University

Topics: Species Extinctions, Biodiversity

September 27, 2006

Guest: Ava Barbry-Crawford, Research Associate, NC Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities

Topic: 2006 NC Report Card on Health Disparities

October 4, 2006

Guest: Kathleen K. Smith, Ph.D., Director, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), Durham

Topics: NESCent, Evolutionary Biology

October 11, 2006

Guests: Nancy Creamer, Ph.D., Director, Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CFES); Noah Ranells, Ph.D., Orange County Agricultural Economic Development Coordinator

Topics:  Organic Farming, Sustainable Agriculture, CEFS

October 25, 2006

Guest: Marcy Speer, Ph.D., Duke Center for Human Genetics

Topics: Genetic Epidemiology, Neural Tube Defects

November 1, 2006

Guest: Nortin Hadler, MD, Rheumatologist, Thurston Arthritis Research Center, UNC;  Author, The Last Well Person

Topics: “Medicalization” of Illness, American Health Care System

November 8, 2006

Guest: Greg Gibson, Ph.D., Department of Genetics, North Carolina State University

Topic: Quantitative Evolutionary Genomics

November 29, 2006

Guests: Dr. Jack Martin & Chris Carter, hosts of The Home Power Hour on WCOM

Topics: Solar Power, Alternative Energy

December 6, 2006

Guest: Robert McMahan, Ph.D., Senior Science & Technology Advisor to the Governor of North Carolina, Executive Director, North Carolina Board of Science & Technology

Topic: Science and Technology in North Carolina

December 13, 2006

Guest: Sheila Collins, Ph.D., Director, Endocrine Biology Program, CIIT Centers for Health Research, RTP

Topic: Biomolecular Mechanisms of Metabolism (Obesity, Diabetes, CV Disease)

 December 20, 2006

Guests: Mike Milburn, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, and Tim Germann, Vice President of Sales, Metabolon, Inc.

Topic: Metabolomics

January 3, 2007

Guest: Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., Director, Experimental Toxicology Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, EPA-RTP

Topics: Environmental Toxicology, Dioxins, PCBs, Brominated Flame Retardants, Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Risk Assessment

January 10, 2007

Guest: Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., Director, UNC Eating Disorders Program

Topic: Eating Disorders

January 17, 2007

Guest: Barry Popkin, Ph.D., UNC School of Public Health

Topic: Obesity

January 24, 2007

Guest: Gregg Dean, DVM, Ph.D., NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, Director, Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research, NCSU

Topics: Veterinary Medicine, NC State Vet School, Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

February 7, 2007

Guest: Pauline Mendola, Ph.D., Chief of the Epidemiology and Biomarkers Branch, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL), EPA-RTP

Topics: Reproductive Epidemiology, Drinking Water Disinfection Byproducts

February 28, 2007

Guest: Nick Oberlies, Ph.D., Director, Natural Products Laboratory, RTI International, RTP

Topics: RTI International, Natural Products Laboratory (including discovery of anti-cancer drugs Taxol and camptothecin), Natural Products Drug Discovery

March 7, 2007

Guest: Will Vizuete, Ph.D., Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, UNC-CH

Topics: Computer Modeling and Simulation of Air Pollution Patterns, Ozone Pollution

March 14, 2007

Guest: Judd Edeburn, Resource Manager, Duke Forest, Duke University

Topic: 75 Years of Duke Forest

March 28, 2007

Guest: Dan Reed, Ph.D., Director, Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI)

Topics: RENCI, Future Information Technology

April 4, 2007

Guest: Gianluca Lazzi, Ph.D., Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, NCSU

Topics: Artificial Retina Project (Department of Energy), Bioelectromagnetics

April 11, 2007

Guest: Kenneth Cutler, Director, Project Suc-SEED

Topics: Project Suc-SEED, Recruitment of Economically Disadvantaged and Underrepresented

Minority Students into Science Careers

May 2, 2007

Guest: Greg Wray, Ph.D., Director, Center for Evolutionary Genomics, Duke University

Topic: Evolutionary Genomics

May 9, 2007

Guest: Philip Carter, Ph.D., Executive Director, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Topic: Sigma Xi

May 23, 2007

Guest: Suzanne Wilkison, Deputy to the President for Programs and Communications, North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research

Topic: NCABR Bioscience Education and Outreach Activities

May 30, 2007

Guests: Kevin Stewart, Ph.D., Department of Geological Sciences, UNC-CH, and Mary-Russell Roberson, science writer

Topic: Their book, Exploring the Geology of the Carolinas: A Field Guide from Chimney Rock to Charleston

June 6, 2007

Guest: Gary Pielak, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biophysics, UNC-CH

Topics: Proteins, NMR Imaging of Proteins in Living Cells

June 13, 2007

Guest: David Tarpy, Ph.D., Entomology Department, NC State University, NC Extension Apiculturist

Topics: Beekeeping, Honeybee Research, Colony Collapse Disorder

June 20, 2007

Guest: Joanne Kurtzberg, MD, Duke University, Director, Carolinas Cord Blood Bank, Chief, Department of Pediatrics

Topics: Umbilical Cord Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation, Stem Cell Research

June 27, 2007

Guest: Jason Nelson, Coordinator, NC Biofuels Strategic Plan, NC Biotechnology Center

Topic: North Carolina’s Strategic Plan for Biofuels Leadership

July 4, 2007

Guest: Paul Frampton, Ph.D., UNC-CH Department of Physics and Astronomy

Topics: Cyclic Cosmology, Particle Physics

July 18, 2007

Guest: Olafur Palsson, M.D., UNC-CH Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Topic: Hypnosis Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

July 25, 2007

Guest: Ann H. Williams, Ph.D., Field Studies Coordinator, Human Studies Division, US EPA, President-Elect, Sigma Xi

Topics: Recreational Water Quality Field Studies, Asthma/Air Pollution Studies, Sigma Xi

August 1, 2007

Guests: Sally Rhine Feather, Ph.D., and Larry Burks, M.D., Rhine Research Center

Topics: Parapsychology Research, History and Current Programs at the Rhine Research Center

August 22, 2007

Guest: Willard (Ward) Cates, Jr., M.D., President of Research, Family Health International (FHI)

Topics: FHI’s Global Health Research, HIV/AIDS Prevention

August 29, 2007

Guest: Vipin Garg, Ph.D., President and CEO, Tranzyme Pharma, Research Triangle Park, NC

Topics: Tranzyme, State of the Pharmaceutical Industry

September 12, 2007

Guests: Matt Redinbo, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biophysics, UNC-Chapel Hill; Scott Lujan, Graduate Student, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Structural Biology, Antibiotic Resistance, Drug Metabolizing Enzymes, Mentor-Mentee Relationships

October 3, 2007

Guest: Enriqueta Bond, Ph.D., President, Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Topics: Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Dr. Bond’s Career, Science and Mathematics Education in North Carolina

October 10, 2007

Guest: William Wetsel, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center

Topic: Knockout Mouse Models of Psychiatric Disorders

October 17, 2007

Guest: Dr. John Q. Walker, President, Zenph Studios, Raleigh

Topic: Zenph’s “re-performance” technology, which accurate recreates original musical performances with contemporary sound quality, including Glenn Gould and Art Tatum

October 24, 2007

Guest: Donald Hodges, Ph.D., Director, Music Research Institute, UNC-Greensboro

Topic: Music and the brain

October 31, 2007

Guest: Tuan Vo-Dinh, Ph.D., Director, Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics, Duke University

Topic: Photonics

November 14, 2007

Guest: Jose Rial, Ph.D., Professor of Geophysics, Department of Geological Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Abrupt Climate Change, Greenland Glacial Icequakes, Global Warming

November 28, 2007

Guest: Noel Brewer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, UNC School of Public Health

Topics: HPV Vaccination Uptake, Medical Decision-making

December 5, 2007

Guests: Jeff Hill, Director of Marketing and Business Ventures, and Denise Young, Education Director, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topic: What’s New at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

December 12, 2007

Guest: Gail Henderson, Ph.D., Professor of Social Medicine and Sociology; Director, Center for Genomics and Society, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topic: Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics and Genetics

January 9, 2008

Guest: Redford Williams, M.D., Director, Behavioral Medicine Research Center, Duke University

Topic: Genes, Environment, Pychosocial Factors, and the Development of Disease

January 16, 2008

Guest: Bryan Roth, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pharmacology, UNC School of Medicine; Director, NIMH Psychoactive Drug Screening Program (PDSP)

Topics: Academic Drug Discovery, G-protein Coupled Receptors, PDSP, Salvia

January 30, 2008

Guest: Dan Ariely, Ph.D., Visiting Professor of Marketing, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

Topic: Dan’s book, Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions

February 20, 2008

Guest: Michael Vitek, Ph.D., President & CSO, Cognosci, Inc. RTP, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Duke University

Topic: Cognosci’s pipeline of new drugs based upon Apolipoprotein E, including treatments for multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, alzheimers, and more

February 27, 2008

Guest: John Buse, MD, Director, UNC Diabetes Care Center, and President, American Diabetes Association

Topic: Current Trends in Diabetes

March 5, 2008

Guest: Emily Buehler, Ph.D., author, Bread Science: The Chemistry and Craft of Making Bread

Topic: Breadmaking science

March 12, 2008

Guest: Russell Thomas, Ph.D., Director, Functional Genomics Research Program, The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, RTP

Topic: Toxicogenomics

March 19, 2008

Guest: Ron Newcomb, President & CEO, Resveratrol, Inc., Pittsboro, NC

Topic: Neutraceuticals

April 16, 2008

Guest: Mary Schweitzer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University

Topic: Mary’s discovery of soft tissue in 68 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex bones

April 23, 2008

Guest: Tom Fischer, Ph.D., CSO, Entegrion, Inc., Research Triangle Park, Director, Francis Owen Blood Research Laboratory, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Entegrion’s hemostatic bandages and freeze-dried platelets – new technologies for stopping bleeding

April 30, 2008

Guest: Karen Mohlke, Ph.D., Department of Genetics, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Genome-wide association studies, new gene loci associated with common diseases and complex traits

May 7, 2008

Guest: Anthony Fleg, MD, MPH

Topics: PharmFree – the American Medical Student Association’s campaign to rid medical schools of pharmaceutical company influences, and the Native Health Initiative, the summer internship program run by Anthony and his wife

May 21, 2008

Guest: Roger Harris, Director of Emerging Technologies and Research Analysis, Sigma Xi; owner, Jungle Wanders

Topics: Roger’s Amazon rain forest, Galapagos, and Africa travels and tours; Triangle Academy, a new high school being spearheaded by Roger

June 4, 2008

Guest: Jack Griffith, Ph.D., Kenan Distiguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Biochemistry, UNC School of Medicine and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Topics: Jack’s discovery of oldest known biological material on earth – 250-million-year-old cellulose microfibers, implications for detection of life on other planets; electron microscopy of telomeres and DNA repair mechanisms

June 25, 2008

Guest: Susan McCord, Executive Director, Institute of Forest Biotechnology, Raleigh

Topics: Forest biotechnology, restoration of the American Chestnut, the Pine Genome Initiative, forest biofuels

July 2, 2008

Guest: Rob Pennock, Ph.D., Michigan State University, sabbatical scholar at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Durham

Topics: Defending the integrity of science from creationist/intelligent design curriculum efforts, evolutionary computation

July 9, 2008

Guest: Barry Beith, Ph.D., CEO and Chief Technical Officer, HumanCentric, Inc., Cary, NC

Topics: Human factors and ergonomics related to product design, HumanCentric’s mission and experience

July 16, 2008

Guest: Shannon Dahl, Ph.D., Director of Scientific Operations, Humacyte, Inc., RTP

Topics: Humacyte and its artificial blood vessel technology; tissue engineering

July 30, 2008

Guest: Charlotte Boettiger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology and Biomedical Research Imaging, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topic: Neuroscience of addiction

August 20, 2008

Guests: Jamie Nunnelly and Dr. Stan Young, National Institute of Statistical Sciences

Topics: NISS, misuse of statistics in epidemiologic studies

August 27, 2008

Guest: Dan Nelson, Director, Office of Human Research Ethics, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topic: Protection of human research subjects, IRBs

September 10, 2008

Guest: Howard McLeod, Pharm.D., Director, Institute for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topic: Pharmacogenomics

September 17, 2008

Guest: Dr. John Bruno, Department of Marine Science, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Threats to oceans and coral reefs, measures to protect coral reef health

October 1, 2008

Guest: David Kroll, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE), North Carolina Central University

Topics: BRITE, science blogging

October 15, 2008

Guest: Kate Whetten, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Public Policy Studies and Community and Family Medicine; Director, Center for Health Policy; Director, Health Inequities Program; Member, Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI)

Topics: DGHI, HIV/AIDS coping research in rural US South and Africa, policy and public health

October 22, 2008

Guest: Paul Watkins, MD, Director, Center for Drug Safety Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC

Topics: Center for Drug Safety Sciences, collaboration between UNC and The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, drug-induced liver injury

October 29, 2008

Guest: Karen Erickson, Ph.D., Director, Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, UNC-CH

Topic: Methods of teaching literacy to severely disabled children

November 5, 2008

Guest: Dr. Alex Huang, Progress Energy Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NC State University; Director, NSF Engineering Research Center for Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center

Topics: FREEDM Center, the “smart” electrical grid of the future

November 12, 2008

Guest: Larry Sumney, President and CEO, Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), RTP

Topics: SRC’s programs and history, the state of integrated circuit technology and industry

December 3, 2008

Guests: Anton Zuiker (Duke), Bora Zivkovic (PLOS), David Kroll (NCCU), co-organizers of the ScienceOnline’09 conference

Topics: ScienceOnline’09, science blogging

December 10, 2008

Guest: Dr. Karin Pfennig, Department of Biology, UNC-CH

Topics: Context-dependent behavior, hybridization, spadefoot toad mating choices as a model of behavioral evolution

January 9, 2009

Guest: Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus, Professor, Food Science Department, NCSU

Topic: Food Safety

January 21, 2009

Guests: Dr. Eric Hallman, President, and Neil Jones, VP of Scientific Operatiopns, Kryosphere, Inc., RTP

Topics: Kryosphere’s biorepository, clinical trial sample management system, and cold chain-of-custody logistics

January 28, 2009

Guests: Dr. Jason Caplan, President & CEO, and David Burroughs, Director, Sales & Marketing, EnSolve Biosystems, Inc, Raleigh

Topic: EnSolve’s technology for bioremediation of oily bilge water in maritime vessels

February 25, 2009

Guest: Dr. Chris Brodie, Vice President, Corporate Communications, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, co-founder, Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC)

Topics: Biotechnology in NC, Chris’s 2008 Fulbright Fellowship in Norway, SCONC

March 4, 2009

Guest: Dr. Myron Cohen, Director, UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases

Topics: Research progress on HIV/AIDS treatments and preventative measures, UNC’s Malawi Project

March 11, 2009

Guest: Dr. Rob Dunn, Assistant Professor of Ecology, Department of Zoology, NCSU

Topic: Rob’s new book, Every Living Thing: Man’s Obsessive Quest to Catalog Life, from Nanobacteria to New Monkeys

March 18, 2009

Guest: Dr. Barbara Entwisle, Director, Carolina Population Center, UNC-CH; Principal Investigator, North Carolina Study Center, National Children’s Study

Topics: National Children’s Study, Carolina Population Center

March 25, 2009

Guest: Dr. Michael Ehlers, Department of Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center, HHMI Investigator

Topics: Basic cellular mechanisms in neurons, synaptic plasticity

April 8, 2009

Guest: Marc Sedam, Chief Operating Officere, Qualyst, Inc., Raleigh

Topic: Qualyst’s products related to drug metabolisms – to enhance drug discovery and development

April 15, 2009

Guest: Dr. Sam Houston, President & CEO, North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (NCSMT)

Topic: NCSMT’s efforts to promote science, math, and engineering education in North Carolina

April 22, 2009

Guests: Steve Peterson, CEO, and Dick Guenther, Chief Technical Officer and VP, Research, Trana Discovery, Inc. Cary

Topic: Trana’s tRNA (transfer RNA) technology platform for drug discovery and development

May 13, 2009

Guest: Dr. Vann Bennett, James B. Duke Professor of Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center; HHMI Investigator

Topic: Ankyrins, membrane anchoring proteins discovered by Dr. Bennett and implicated in sudden cardiac failure, Type 2 diabetes, aging, and other disorders

May 27, 2009

Guest: Dr. Jennifer Mersereau, Director, UNC Fertility Preservation Program

Topic: Fertility Preservation Program, preserving fertility for cancer patients

June 17, 2009

Guest: Dr. Etta Pisano, Director, Biomedical Research Imaging Center; Director, TraCS Institute, Kenan Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, UNC School of Medicine; founder, NextRay, Inc.

Topic: Dr. Pisano’s groundbreaking discoveries in digital mammography and advanced X-ray imaging technology

July 1, 2009

Guest: Dr. William Parker, immunologist, Department of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center

Topics: Function of the human appendix, the “hygiene hypothesis,” GERD and asthma, protein folding

July 15, 2009

Guest: Glenn Murphy, author of science books for young people

Topics: Glenn’s books, public understanding of science, science education

July 29, 2009

Guest: Dr. Miriam Labbock, Director, Carolina Breastfeeding Institute, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Topics: Current theories and practices regarding breastfeeding; World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, 2009

August 5, 2009

Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Bullitt, Director, Computer-Assisted Surgery and Imaging Laboratory (CASILab), UNC School of Medicine

Topics: Advances in computer-assisted surgery and diagnosis, recent findings on aerobic activity and aging of the brain

August 19, 2009

Guests: Dr. Christian Melander and Dr. John Cavanagh, NCSU; co-founders, Agile Sciences, Inc.

Topics: The impact of biofilms in medicine, agriculture and industry; Agile’s proprietary formula for biofilm dispersion, re-sensitizing drug-resistant bacteria to conventional antibiotics

August 26, 2009

Guest: Dr. Jorge Piedrahita, Professor of Genomics, Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, NCSU

Topics: Cloned pigs yielding important human genetic information; implications for intrauterine growth restriction, a low birth weight condition affecting 5-8% of human births; “imprinted” genes

September 2, 2009

Guest: Dr. Phyllis Leppert, Vice Chair for Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University School of Medicine

Topic: Current thinking and research findings on uterine fibroids

September 23, 2009

Guest: Dr. Stephen Frye, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy; Director, Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery (CICBDD)

Topics: CICBDD, NC Drug Discovery Center of Innovation, NC NCI Chemical Biology Center, Stephen’s career in pharmaceutical research and development and academic drug discovery

September 30, 2009

Guest: Dr. Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom, Professor of Pharmacology, Duke University; Director, Duke Center for Science Education

Topic: Innovations in science education

October 21, 2009

Guest: Dr. Kenneth Adler, Professor of Cell Biology, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine; Cofounder and Chief Scientist, BioMarck Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.

Topics: Pathogenic mechanisms of respiratory disease, BioMarck’s drug currently in trials to treat chronic bronchitis

November 11, 2009

Guest: Dr. Laura Miller, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Mathematical biology, the influence of fluid dynamics on biological systems

November 18, 2009

Guest: Dr. Phillip Benfey, Paul Kramer Professor of Biology; Director, Center for Systems Biology (CSB), Duke University; Co-founder and Chief Science Officer, GrassRoots Biotechnology

Topics: Systems biology, CSB research and activities, plant development genetics and genomics, GrassRoots’ commercial venture in plant genetics

November 25, 2009

Guest: Dr. Raymond Pickles, Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology and member, Cystic Fibrosis/Pulmonary Research and Treatment Center and Human Gene Therapy Center, UNC School of Medicine

Topics: Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis, respiratory viral pathogens, including influenza

December 9, 2009

Guest: Dr. Blanche Capel, Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Duke University Medical Center

Topics: Sex determination in the human embryo and “the bipotential gonad,” drivers of sex determination in animals

December 16, 2009

Guests: Dr. Chris Stern, Chairman and CEO, and Deb Thompson, Sr. VP Clinical Affairs, Oxygen Biotherapeutics, Inc,. Durham

Topic: Oxygen Biotherapeutics’ oxygen therapy products in development for traumatic brain injury, stroke, heart attack, and many other biomedical applications

January 6, 2010

Guest: Dr. Bradford Walters, VP and Chief Medical Officer, RTI International

Topic: Brad’s varied career as a neurosurgeon, venture capitalist, and now RTI executive

January 20, 2010

Guest: Dr. Tannishtha Reya, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University Medical Center

Topics: Dr. Reya’s research on hematopoietic stem cells, which generate all blood cells, and how stem cell signaling pathway mutations can lead to cancers

January 27, 2010

Guest: Dr. Craig McClain, Assistant Director of Science, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)

Topics: Body size and biodiversity in the deep sea environment, ecology of undersea mountains, science blogging and communication

February 10, 2010

Guest: Dr. Russell Harris, Director, Program on Prevention in Education and Practice, Professor of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: The role of prevention in medicine (including recent controversies regarding breast cancer screening and self-examination), the MD-MPH program at UNC

February 17, 2010

Guest: Dr. Wenbin Lin, Professor of Chemistry and Molecular Pharmaceutics, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Recently named among the “Top Ten Chemists of the Decade,” we discussed Dr. Lin’s research activities in solar energy, biofuels, cancer treatment and imaging nanomaterials, catalysis, and more

March 3, 2010

Guest: Dennis Meredith, science writer, consultant, and author

Topics: The state of science communication, Dennis’s career and his new book, Explaining Research

March 10, 2010

Guest: Dr. John Logsdon, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Iowa, NESCent sabbatical scholar

Topic: The evolutionary biology of sex

March 17, 2010

Guest: Rick Weddle, President & CEO, Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina

Topics: Research Triangle Park – past, present, and future

March 31, 2010

Guest: Dr. Allen Rodrigo, Director, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), Durham

Topics: An update on NESCent’s activities in support of evolutionary biology research, Dr. Rodrigo’s background and research interests

April 7, 2010

Guest: Dr. Heather Patisaul, Assistant Professor of Biology, NC State University

Topics: Risks of bisphenol A (BPA), other research in neuroendocrinology and endocrine Disruption

April 14, 2010

A Special Edition of Radio In Vivo: America’s Science Challenges and Opportunities: Past, Present, and Future, a lecture by Dr. Neal Lane, Malcolm Gillis University Professor at Rice University, senior fellow of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, and former director of the National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  The talk was delivered April 10, 2010 as the keynote address at the annual Scope Academy sponsored by the NC State College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

May 5, 2010

Guest: Fred Wyand, Media & Communications Manager, American Social Health Association (ASHA)

Topics: ASHA’s history, mission, and activities; current epidemiology and research on sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

June 30, 2010

Guest: Vanessa Woods, Research Scientist, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University; author of Bonobo Handshake

Topic: Vanessa’s work studying bonobos and chimpanzees in the Congo

July 14, 2010

Guest: Dr. Geraldine Dawson, research professor of psychiatry, UNC-Chapel Hill; Chief Science Officer, Autism Speaks

Topic: New developments in detection, diagnosis, and treatment of autism

July 21, 2010

Guest: Dr. Bill Sheridan, Chief Medical Officer, BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Durham

Topics: BioCryst’s drug development technology, pipeline and history; emergency use of IV peramivir, BioCryst’s anti-influenza drug, in 2009 H1N1 flu epidemic

July 28, 2010

Guest: Dr. Geoff Ginsburg, Professor of Medicine and Pathology; Director, Center for Genomic Medicine, Duke University

 Topic: New developments in genomic and personalized medicine

September 8, 2010

Guest: Dr. K. Sean Kimbro, Director, Julius L. Chambers Biomedical Biotechnical Research Institute (BBRI), NC Central University, Durham

Topic: Biomedical and health disparities research at BBRI

September 22, 2010

Guests: Dr. Howard Rockman & Dr. Joseph Rogers, cardiologists, Duke University Medical Center

 Topic: Current and future treatments for heart failure

September 29, 2010

A special edition of Radio In Vivo: the live remote broadcast that aired September 21 from Raleigh Science Cafe. Ernie hosted the event, which featured urban planner Dan Douglas of KlingStubbins Architects, Raleigh. Dan imparts his vision for the future of Raleigh and the Triangle, and takes questions from Ernie, the audience and Twitter.

October 20, 2010

Guest: Dr. Temitope Keku, Research Associate Professor of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill

 Topics: The human microbiome, the role of gut microbes in colorectal cancer

November 3, 2010

Guest: Dr. Josh Stohl, Research Engineer, MED-EL Corporation, Durham

Topic: Cochlear implants – history, current developments, directions for research

November 10, 2010

Guest: Bob Fesmire, co-author, “Energy Explained”

Topics: Conventional and alternative energy sources

November 24, 2010

Guest: Jeffrey Abbey, President & CEO, Argos Therapeutics, Inc., Durham, NC

Topics: Updating the progress of Argos’ dendritic cell immunotherapies in development to treat cancer, infectious and autoimmune diseases; ethical, legal and social issues surrounding cancer vaccines – our first return guest on RIV!

December 29, 2010

Guests: Dr. Stephen Reynolds and Dr. Marco Buongiorno-Nardelli, NCSU Department of Physics

Topics: Dr. Reynold’s work in astrophysics, Dr. Buongiorno-Nardelli’s work in nanomaterials, and the interface between science and music – Dr. Reynolds is a professional violinist, Dr. Buongiorno-Nardelli is a professional flutist/composer

January 19, 2011

Guest: Dr. Wolfgang Liedtke, Center for Translational Neuroscience, Duke University Medical Center

Topics: Molecular mechanism of lung damage from diesel particles, pain neuroscience

February 23, 2011

Guest: Dr. Bill Jenkins, Co-Director, Minority Health Project, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Topics: Minority health disparities, racism and health, epidemiology, Dr. Jenkins’ long career at CDC and elsewhere, the Tuskegee Study

March 16, 2011

Guest: Dr. Louis Martin-Vega, Dean of the College of Engineering, NC State University

Topics: NCSU College of Engineering, the Grand Challenges in Engineering

April 6, 2011

Guest: Jason Painter, Executive Director, North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO)

Topics: NCSO, threats to state funding, science education

May 4, 2011

Guest: Dr. Jenny McGuire, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), Durham

Topics: conservation paleontology, the sixth mass extinction, organisms’ responses to climate change

May 18, 2011

Guest: Dr. Kater Hake, Vice President of Agricultural and Environmental Research, Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC

Topics: scientific and technological developments in cotton research, the current status of the cotton marketplace

June 1, 2011

Guest: Dr. Meg Lowman, Director, Nature Research Center (NRC), NC Museum of Natural Sciences; Research Professor, NCSU

Topics: NRC, Meg’s canopy science research, communicating science

July 6, 2011

Guest: Dr. Rob Dunn, assistant professor of biology, NC State University

Topic: Rob’s new book, The Wild Life of Our Bodies

August 24, 2011

Guest: Dr. Bryan Stuart, curator of amphibians and reptiles, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Topics: the history and uses of the Museum’s reptile and amphibian collection, Bryan’s research, species discovery and disappearance

August 31, 2011

Guest: Dr. Nancy Allbritton, Professor and Chair, UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering

Topics: research at the UNC/NCSU Biomedical Engineering Department, Nancy’s research program in microsystems engineering, developing new analytical technologies for the biomedical sciences

September 14, 2011

Guest: Dr. Dan Ksepka, Research Professor, Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University; Research Associate, Department of Paleontology, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Topics: avian paleontology, fossil penguins, divergent dating, sauropod dinosaurs

September 28, 2011

Guest: Dr. Denniz Zolnoun, Director, Vulvar Pain Clinic, UNC School of Medicine

Topics: advances in vulvar and pelvic pain diagnosis and treatment, vulvar vestibulitis syndrome

October 12, 2011

Guest: Dr. Harald Ade, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Physics, NC State University

Topics: the physics of organic solar cells and light-emitting diodes, new methods of analyzing the composition, morphology and structure of polymers and electronic materials at the sub-micron scale

October 26, 2011

A Special Edition of Radio In Vivo featuring a recent keynote speech on the importance of teamwork in science, by Dr. Joseph DeSimone, Professor of Chemistry at UNC and NCSU and Founder and Scientific Advisor of Liquidia Technologies.

November 9, 2011

Guests: Dr. Alison Motsinger-Reif, assistant professor. Bioinformatics Research Center, NCSU, and Dr. David Reif, statistician, National Center for Computational Toxicology, EPA, RTP

Topics: bioinformatics, pharmacogenomics, toxicogenomics, ToxPi (Toxicological Priority Index), married scientists

November 30, 2011

Guests: Dr. Diana Perkins, Department of Psychiatry, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Dr. Clark Jeffries, Renaissance Computing Institute and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Topics: the genetic basis of schizophrenia, early intervention in schizophrenia, discovery of very small pluripotent stem cells in human peripheral blood

December 14, 2011

Guest: Dr. Cindy Bulik, Director, UNC Eating Disorders Program

Topic: Cindy’s new book, The Woman in the Mirror: How To Stop Confusing What You Look Like with Who You Are

December 21, 2011

Guest: Dr. Harold Heatwole, professor of zoology, NC State University

Topics: sea snakes, tardigrades

January 25, 2012

Guest: Dr. Staci Bilbo, director, Developmental Neuroimmunology Lab, Duke University

Topics: Developmental neuroimmunology, the presence of immune cells (microglia) in the brain, impact on health and behavior later in life

February 14, 2012

Guest: Dr. Detlev Erdmann, plastic surgeon, Duke Center for Aesthetic Services

Topics: Body contouring (skin reduction following weight loss surgery), the state of plastic surgery

February 22, 2012

Guest: Dr. Mark Wiesner, Director, Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT), Duke University

Topics: Health and safety issues associated with nanotechnology, recent NAS report on crafting a strategy for nanotech environmental, health, and safety nanomaterials research, CEINT

March 21, 2012

Guest: Dr. Sukanta Basu, Associate Professor, Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University

Topics: Scientific underpinnings of wind energy, boundary layer meteorology, atmospheric turbulence modeling

March 28, 2012

Guest: Dr. William Maixner, director, Center for Neurosensory Disorders, UNC-CH

Topics: Chronic pain research, OPPERA prospective study of temporomandibular disorders (TMD)

April 4, 2012

Guest: Dr. David Kroll, Director of Science Communications, Nature Research Center (NRC), NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Topics: NRC Grand Opening, NRC programs and exhibits

May 2, 2012

Guest: Dr. Misha Angrist, Duke University Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy

Topic: Misha’s book, Here Is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics – his story of being one of the first people to have his genome sequenced

May 30, 2012

Guest: Dr. Tom Linden, UNC Medical & Science Journalism Program

Topics: UNC Medical & Science Journalism Program, Tom’s career in broadcast medical journalism, Tom’s book, The New York Times Reader: Health & Medicine

June 20, 2012

Guest: Dr. Rich Bergl, Curator of Conservation and Research, North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, NC

Topics: Research and conservation programs at the North Carolina Zoo – on site, regional, and in Africa (gorillas, elephants, etc.)

June 27, 2012

Guest: Dr. Ahmad Hariri, Professor of Psychology and Neurology; Director, Laboratory of NeuroGenetics, Duke University

Topics: Imaging genetics, Duke Neurogenetics Study, relationship of genetics, brain chemistry, and behavior

September 26, 2012

Guest: Dr. David Potenziani, Executive Director, NCB-Prepared

Topics: National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness (NCB-Prepared), biopreparedness, biosurveillance

October 24, 2012

Guest: Dr. Charles Perou, member, Lineberger Cancer Center, Professor of genetics and pathology and laboratory medicine, UNC School of Medicine

Topics: The Cancer Genome Atlas project, recent landmark Nature publication on breast cancer subtypes

October 31, 2012

Guest: Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, Co-Director, Center for Neuroengineering, Duke University

Topics: Brain-machine interfaces, neuroprosthetics, new approach to restoring mobility to Parkinson’s disease patients

November 7, 2012

Guests: Dr. John Burris, President, Burroughs Wellcome Fund; Russ Campbell, Communications Officer, Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Topics: Burroughs Wellcome Fund history, grant-making programs, support for science education, communications

November 14, 2012

Guests: Brian Risk, Geneffects Research, Inc., and Giddings Lab, Boise State University, with fellow musicians Katharine Whalen and Josh Starmer

Topics: Bioinformatics, proteogenomics, the ENCODE project, and live music from Risk-Whalen!

December 19, 2012

Guest: Dr. Ann Ross, Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, NC State University

Topic: Forensic anthropology

January 30, 2013

Guest: Dr. Anne Collins McLaughlin, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, NC State University; director, Learning, Aging and Ergonomics Laboratory (LACELab); co-director, Gains Through Gaming Laboratory

Topics: Human factors and ergonomics, cognitive training for seniors, aging farmers, health workers’ perceptions of hygiene safety, video games and aging

February 6, 2013

Guests: Dr. Jeffery Dangl, John N. Couch Professor of Biology, HHMI/GBMF investigator, Department of Biology, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Dr. Sarah Grant, Research Associate Professor, Department of Biology, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Plant microbiomes, plant immune systems, development of the Arabidopsis thaliana plant model, importance of plant biology, science policy

February 13, 2013

Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Loboa, Associate Professor, UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, NCSU Department of Materials Science & Engineering; director, Cell Mechanics Laboratory

Topics: Tissue engineering with human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) and human adipose (fat)-derived adult stem cells (hASCs) to produce robust bone and cartilage, “smart” bandages

February 27, 2013

Guest: Dr. James Evans, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine; Principal Investigator, NCGENES Study, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Whole exome sequencing, NCGENES Study, clinical genomics, personalized medicine, direct-to-consumer genetic testing, ethical, legal and social issues in genomics

March 6, 2013

Guest: Dr. Edward Breitschwerdt, Professor of Internal Medicine, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine; Chief Scientific Officer & Co-founder, Galaxy Diagnostics, Inc.

Topics: Detection, diagnosis and treatment of Bartonella infections in animals and humans, vector borne diseases, One Health

May 8, 2013

Guest: Dr. Cedric Pearce, Founder and CEO, Mycosynthetix, Inc.

Topics: Fungi as sources of drugs and agricultural products, natural products in drug discovery, Mycosynthetix library of 55,000 fungi, Cedric’s career, scientists as entrepreneurs

May 29, 2013

A Special Edition of Radio In Vivo: a keynote lecture by Dr. Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, delivered at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill April 23, 2013 at the launch of the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS). Dr. Green’s topic: “The Human Genomics Landscape a Decade After the Human Genome Project”

June 5, 2013

Guest: Dr. Brian Hare, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology; Member, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience; Director, Duke Canine Cognition Center, Duke University; Co-founder, Dognition

Topics: Brian’s and Vanessa Woods’s new book, The Genius of Dogs, the new company Dognition

June 19, 2013

Guest: Dr. Ron Alterovitz, Assistant Professor of Computer Science; Director, Computational Robotics Research Group, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Medical robotics, home assistance robotics

July 10, 2013

Guest: Dr. Rebecca Knickmeyer, Assistant Professor of Psychology; UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Imaging and genomics applied to newborns’ brains to predict psychiatric disease, sex differences in neonatal brain structure

July 17, 2013

Guest: T. DeLene Beeland, author, science and nature writer

Topics: DeLene’s new book, The Secret World of Red Wolves: The Fight to Save North America’s Other Wolf

July 31, 2013

Guest: Dr. Tim Carey, Director, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Comparative effectiveness research, health services, translational medicine, evidence-based practice, electronic health records

September 4, 2013

Guest: Dr. Carol Cheatham, UNC Nutrition Research Institute, Kannapolis, NC; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology; UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Nutrigenomics, effects of fatty acids on cognition and brain development, blueberries and memory

September 25, 2013

Guest: Dr. Ross Tonkens, Director, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Science and Technology Accelerator Program

Topics: AHA/ASA Accelerator Program, venture philanthropy, the “valley of death,” cardiology, contract research organizations

October 2, 2013

Guest: Dr. Antonio Baines, Assistant Professor of Biology, North Carolina Central University; Cancer Research Program, Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute

Topic: Pancreatic cancer research

November 20, 2013

Guest: Dr. Joanne Jordan, Director, Thurston Arthritis Research Center, UNC-Chapel Hill; Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology and Joseph P. Archie Eminent Professor of Medicine, UNC School of Medicine

Topics: Arthritis research, Thurston Arthritis Research Center, Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project

November 27, 2013

Guest: Dr. Cynthia Powell, Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics, Chief of the Division of Genetics and Metabolism, Department of Pediatrics, UNC School of Medicine

Topics: Newborn genomic screening research; ethical, legal and social issues; informed consent; whole exome sequencing; fetal DNA screening

December 4, 2013

Guest: Dr. Pauline Kay Lund, Sarah Graham Kenan professor of cell & molecular physiology, Department of Cell Biology & Physiology, UNC School of Medicine

Topics: Intestinal stem cells, intestinal epithelium, suppression of cytokine signaling (SOCS), fibrosis in regenerative medicine, microbiome, gut inflammation

January 8, 2014

Guest: Dr. Stan Ahalt, director, Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), Chapel Hill

Topics: RENCI, National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), iRODS (Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System)

March 12, 2014

Guest: Dr. Raymond Huml, Executive Director of Strategic Drug Development and Head of Global Biosimilars Strategic Planning, Quintiles, Inc.

Topics: Quintiles, regulatory affairs, pharmaceutical due diligence, evolving business models in pharma and CROs, biosimilars

March 19, 2014

Guest: Dr. Steven McNulty, research ecologist, US Forest Service; director, USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub (SERCH)

Topics: Impact of climate change on forests and agriculture in the Southeast, SERCH, Steve’s research in landscape scale modeling

April 2, 2014

Guest: Bob Geolas, President and CEO, Research Triangle Park Foundation

Topics: Past, present and future of Research Triangle Park

April 23, 2014

Guest: Dr. Don Walters, President, Nova Synthetix

Topics: Development of ricin-free castor beans, uses of castor oil, start-up ag biotech

April 30, 2014

Guest: Dr. Lawrence David, Assistant Professor, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University

Topics: Diet and the human gut microbiome, human-associated microbial ecosystems, cholera infections and gut microbial communities, genomics of the microbiome

May 7, 2014

Guest: Dr. Misha Angrist, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy (IGSP), Duke University

Topics: New Master of Arts in Bioethics and Science Policy degree program (Duke), 23andMe, the $1000 genome, orphan drugs, impending split of the IGSP into three centers

May 21, 2014

Guests: Dr. Deb Mosca, CEO, and Dr. Roy Carter, Senior Director, Development, Marine Bio-technologies Center on Innovation (MBCOI), Wilmington, NC

Topics: Marine biotechnology, MBCOI history and programs

May 28, 2014

Guest: Dr. Lori Setton, William Bevan Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University

Topics: Intervertebral disc disorders of the spine, mechanisms for degeneration and regeneration of soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system, methods of drug delivery and tissue regeneration in intervertebral discs, lower back pain

July 2, 2014

Guest: Dr. Mary (Missy) Cummings, director, Humans and Autonomy Lab, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

Topics: Military and domestic commercial drones, autonomous technology in aviation, medicine, driving and more, the multifaceted interactions of human and computer decision-making in complex sociotechnical systems with embedded autonomy, Missy’s career (including being one of the first female Navy fighter pilots)

July 9, 2014

Guest: Dr. Ru-Rong Ji, Distinguished Professor, Chief of Pain Research, Departments of Anesthesiology and Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center

Topics: Chronic pain, acute pain, molecular and cellular mechanisms of pain and itch

July 23, 2014

Guest: Dr. Bruce Cairns, John Stackhouse Distinguished Professor of Surgery, UNC School of Medicine; Director, North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center

Topics: North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center history and programs, Bruce’s career and research, state of the science in burn research

July 30, 2014

Guests: Dr. David Walmer and Kathy Walmer, Family Health Ministries, Inc.; adjunct professors, Duke Global Health Institute

Topics: Cervical cancer and HPV screening in Haiti, Family Health Ministries’ work in Haiti

August 20, 2014

Guest: Dr. James Fuller, VP and Laboratory Director, intelliGENETICS, Hilton Head, SC; 2014-15 President, NC Academy of Science

Topics: The evolving science of DNA identification, Jim’s career, contamination/misidentification of cell lines, reproducibility, NC Academy of Science

August 27, 2014

Guest: Dr. Lingchong You, Paul Ruffin Scarborough Associate Professor of Engineering; Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

Topics: Synthetic biology, cell-to-cell communication, synthetic gene circuits, quorum sensing, antibiotic resistance, sociomicrobiology, bistability, mathematical modeling of cellular networks

September 10, 2014

Guests: Fenella Saunders, Managing Editor, American Scientist, and Dr. Jamie Vernon, Editor-in-Chief, American Scientist; Director of Science Communications and Publications, Sigma Xi

Topics: The evolving science of DNA identification, Jim’s career, contamination/misidentification of cell lines, reproducibility, NC Academy of Science

October 15, 2014

Guest: Dr. Wesley Burks, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, UNC School of Medicine; Physician-in-chief, North Carolina Children’s Hospital

Topics: Pediatric food allergies, food intolerance, peanut allergies, egg allergies, new therapeutic approaches

October 29, 2014

Guest: Marshall Brain – author, entrepreneur, NCSU professor, blogger, renaissance man, founder of, TV producer, speaker

Topics: Marshall’s varied career, including his books, websites, and TV shows; entrepreneurship, his concepts about the meaning of life and religion

November 5, 2014

Guest: Dr. Bruce Oberhardt, President, BJO Biomedical, LLC; author, Dragonfly Thinking

Topics: Problem-solving with Dragonfly Thinking, biomedical devices, biomedical engineering

November 12, 2014

Guest: Dr. James Bonner, Professor of Toxicology, Department of Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University

Topics: Nanotechnology health and safety, health effects of respiratory exposures to nanomaterials

November 19, 2014

Guests: James Green, Chairman and CEO, and Dr. William Wilkison, COO, Islet Sciences, Inc., Raleigh

Topics: Islet Sciences and its pipeline of treatments and diagnostics for metabolic disorders including diabetes and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)

January 7, 2015

Guest: Dr. Stewart Witzeman, Director, Eastman Innovation Center, North Carolina State University

Topics: Eastman Innovation Center, Eastman Chemical Center of Excellence (NCSU and UNC-Chapel Hill), Eastman Chemical Company, public/private partnerships, fostering innovation in materials and design

February 5, 2015

Guests: Dr. Jim Thomas, Director, and Dr. Stephanie Watson-Grant, Deputy Director for Field Operations, MEASURE Evaluation

Topics: MEASURE Evaluation, monitoring and evaluation of global public health programs, global public health status, ethics in public health

March 11, 2015

Guest: Dr. Tim Reddy, Assistant Professor, Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology

Topics: Gene regulation, recent human evolution, gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9, genetic/epigenetic mechanisms of action by glucocorticoid anti-inflammatory drugs, genetics of gestational diabetes

March 18, 2015

Guest: Dr. Don Rose, Director, Carolina KickStart

Topics: Commercialization of academic innovations, entrepreneurship, Carolina KickStart, start-up incubation, “research-to-revenue,” New Enterprise Opportunity (NEO) Program

April 15, 2015

Guest: Dr. Sönke Johnsen, Professor of Biology, Duke University

Topics: Optics of biology, transparent ocean creatures, bioluminescence, camouflage

April 23, 2015

Guest: Dr. Melissa Price, VP of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, Heat Biologics, Inc., Durham

Topics: Cancer immunotherapy, Heat Biologics, a clinical-stage company with two drug candidates in clinical trials, allogeneic versus autologous immunotherapy, Heat’s ImPACT platform (Immune Pan-Antigen Cytotoxic Therapy)

April 29, 2015

Guest: Dr. Richard Di Giulio, Professor of Environmental Toxicology, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University; Director, Duke Superfund Research Center (SRC); Director, Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program (ITEHP)

Topics: Use of fishes as models for research on impacts of environmental contaminants, linkages between human and ecological health, the effects of nanomaterials on vertebrate development, ecological impact of mountaintop removal mining, Duke SRC, ITEHP

May 27, 2015

Guest: Dr. Flavio Frohlich, Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Cell and Molecular Physiology, and Biomedical Engineering, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Non-invasive brain stimulation to treat psychiatric disorders and enhance creativity, network neuroscience, alpha wave oscillations

June 10, 2015

Guest: Dr. Andrea Azcarate-Peril, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology; Director, Microbiome Core Facility, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Topics: The gut microbiome’s role in digestion and immunity, microbiomes of exclusively breastfed babies, probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics, the microbiome and colorectal cancer, UNC Microbiome Core Facility

July 1, 2015

Guest: Jivan Moaddeb, Pharm.D., clinical pharmacist, Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine

Topics: Pharmacogenetic testing, clinical implementation of pharmacogenomics, patient adherence, medication therapy management

July 22, 2015

Guest: Dr. Stephen Porges, Research Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Dr. Porges’ Polyvagal Theory – a theory that links the evolution of the autonomic nervous system to the emergence of social behavior, The Listening Project – a therapy using music to reduce sound hypersensitivity in children with autism and other psychiatric disorders

July 29, 2015

Guest: Dr. Kathleen Caron, Professor and Chair, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Topics: Adrenomedullin – a potent vasodilator, and its role in preeclampsia, normal and abnormal pregnancy, fertility, and placental development, cardiovascular health, cancer, and the lymphatic vascular system; mentoring

August 12, 2015

Guest: Dr. Carol Colton, Professor of Neurology, Duke University Medical Center

Topics: The immune system and Alzheimer’s disease, arginine deprivation, microglia, inflammation and immune suppression in the brain

September 30, 2015

Guest: Dr. Alexander “Sasha” Kabanov, Mescal Swaim Ferguson Distinguished Professor, Director, Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy; Co-Director, Carolina Institute for Nanomedicine, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Novel nanomedicines and engineered cellular therapies for cancer, stroke, neurodegenerative disorders, and other diseases; nanotechnology in drug delivery; new training program to grow cancer nanotechnology work force

October 14, 2015

Guests: Dr. Charles Nunn, Director, TriCEM; Professor, Evolutionary Anthropology and Global Health, Duke University; Dr. Craig McClain, Deputy Director, TriCEM; Founder and Chief Editor, Deep Sea News

Topics: Rolling out TriCEM to the Triangle science community, succeeding NESCent; Charlie’s research on mammalian sleep; Craig’s oceanographic research, adventures, and his new blog, The Science of the South

October 28, 2015

Guest: Dr. Oliver Smithies, Weatherspoon Eminent Distinguished Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UNC School of Medicine, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Topics: Dr. Smithies’ distinguished career in science, his childhood, educational background, and outside interests; working with his wife, Dr. Nobuyu Maeda; gene targeting, gel electrophoresis, current work on pre-eclampsia

November 11, 2015

Guest: Matt Shipman, Research Communications Lead, University Communications, North Carolina State University

Topics: Matt’s new book, Handbook for Science Public Information Officers, Matt’s career, science writing and communications

November 25, 2015

Guest: Dr. Nicole Kleinstreuer, Director, Computational Toxicology Group, Integrated Laboratory Systems, Inc. (contractor to National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for Evaluation of Alternative Methods (NICEATM))

Topics: Computational toxicology, predictive modeling methods in toxicology

January 6, 2016

Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Kipp Campbell, Director, Office of Human Research Ethics (OHRE), UNC Chapel Hill

Topics: History of and current trends in human research subject protections, Institutional Review Boards, research ethics, UNC OHRE

January 13, 2016

Guest: Dr. Holly Menninger, Director of Public Science, College of Sciences, North Carolina State University

Topics: Public science, citizen science, science literacy, science communication, CitSci 2017 (coming to Raleigh)

February 3, 2016

Guests: Dr. Douglas Call, Assistant Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University; Dr. Orlando Coronell, Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, UNC Gillings School of Public Health

Topics: Dr. Call and Dr. Coronell’s collaborative UNC ROI project, “Salinity Gradient Energy: An Inexhaustible Clean Energy Resource for North Carolina,” Dr. Call’s research on technologies to recover energy from unconventional sources, Dr. Coronell’s research on water treatment technologies

March 9, 2016

Guest: Dr. Tim Wiltshire, Director, Center for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Topics: Pharmacogenomics, clinical implementation, pharmacy implementation, advances in the field

March 23, 2016

Guest: Dr. Janet Rubin, Professor, Department of Medicine, UNC School of Medicine

Topics: Triggering bone formation from mesenchymal stem cells, mechanisms of exercise effects on bone quantity and quality

March 30, 2016

Guests: Dr. Shawn Hingtgen, Assistant Professor, Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy; Dr. Matthew Ewend, Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery, UNC, Group Leader, NeuroOncology, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Topics: Stem cell therapies for brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme), mouse models, real-time non-invasive imaging, clinical perspectives on brain tumor treatment

April 27, 2016

Guests: Mike Lisanke, Jim Rose, and Tom Randall, co-founders, TriDIYBio (Triangle DIY Biology)

Topics: TriDIYBio,, Citizen Science and Jim, Tom, and Mike’s individual projects and interests

May 4, 2016

Guest: Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou, Associate Professor, Food Science, NC State University

Topics: Gene editing system CRISPR, its history and the explosion of research in CRISPR in biotechnology, food and agriculture, translational medicine, disease modeling, gene therapy, and more

May 11, 2016

A Special Edition of Radio In Vivo: “Science on the Campaign Trail,” a panel discussion presented by the North Carolina Science Festival, the North Carolina Newsroom Cooperative, and Science Communicators of North Carolina on April 13, 2016.  Panelists were Eugene Kiely, director,, Laura Leslie, Capital Bureau chief, WRAL-TV, Sheril Kirshenbaum, executive director,; director, The Energy Poll, University of Texas at Austin. and Bill Adair, Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Politifact; Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. The event was moderated by Susan King, Dean, UNC School of Media and Journalism.  

June 1, 2016

A Special Edition of Radio In Vivo: an interview with Dr. Charles E. Hamner, the father of biotechnology in North Carolina who served as founder, president, and CEO of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center from 1988-2002. The program originally aired as an episode of “Time Out” on WCOM, May 4, 2016, co-hosted by Bill Hendrickson and Ernie Hood.

June 29, 2016

Guest: Dr. Aaron Hipp, Associate Professor of Community Health and Sustainability, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; Faculty Fellow, Center for Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University

Topics: Impact of the built environment on health behaviors, use of emerging technologies to study built environments and active living

July 6, 2016

Guest: Dr. Kurt Gray, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, UNC-Chapel Hill, Mind Perception and Morality Lab, co-author, The Mind Club: Who Thinks, What Feels, and Why It Matters

Topics: The Mind Club (by chapter), mind perception, co-author Daniel Wegner, free will, cryptominds, vulnerable feelers vs. thinking doers

July 20, 2016

Guests: Dr. Jonathan Serody, Elizabeth Thomas Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Immunology, UNC School of Medicine, Associate Director for Translational Research, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center; Dr. Barbara Savoldo, Professor, Immunology, Virology, and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, UNC School of Medicine, member, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Topic: CAR-T cell cancer immunotherapy

July 27, 2016

Guest: Dr. Fred Gould, Distinguished University Professor of Entomology; William Neal Reynolds Professor of Agriculture; Co-director, Genetic Engineering and Society (GES) Center, North Carolina State University

Topics: 2016 NAS report on GMOs in agriculture, Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects (Dr. Gould co-chaired the authoring committee), gene drive technology, NC State GES

August 31, 2016

Guest: Dr. Janice Swab, Professor Emerita, Biology, Meredith College

Topics: Science education, Dr. Swab’s teaching career, and her science-related travels, including re-creating Charles Darwin’s HMS Beagle voyage and a visit to the “doomsday” seed vault

September 21, 2016

Guest: Dr. Jennifer Kuzma, Goodnight-NC GSK Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, and Co-Director, Genetic Engineering and Society (GES) Center, North Carolina State University

Topics: Gene drives, GES Center, NAS committee on future biotechnology products, governance systems for emerging technologies

November 9, 2016

Guest: Dr. Richard Bedlack, Associate Professor of Medicine/Neurology, Duke University; Director, Duke ALS Clinic

Topics: ALS therapies, alternative/off-label ALS treatment options, ALS reversals

November 16, 2016

Guest: Dr. Patty Van Cappellen, Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Behavioral Research Center; Social Science Research Institute, Duke University

Topics: Effects of oxytocin on spirituality, sources of religiosity and spirituality, impact of religion/spirituality on behaviors, thoughts and health

January 4, 2017

Guest: Dr. Thomas Kash, John Andrews Distinguished Professor of Alcohol Studies, Department of Pharmacology, UNC School of Medicine

Topics: Antidepressants triggering fear and anxiety, neuronal pathways associated with anxiety and depression, how stress and drug abuse can alter neuronal function

February 1, 2017

Guest: Dr. Sam McLean, Vice Chair of Research, Department of Anesthesiology, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicinector, UNC Institute for Trauma Recovery

Topics: AURORA PTSD study, UNC Institute for Trauma Recovery, trauma and chronic pain research, better tomorrow network

March 15, 2017

Guest: Dr. Anne Drapkin Lyerly, Professor, Social Medicine, Associate Director, Center for Bioethics, Research Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Inclusion of pregnant women in clinical trials and clinical research, issues related to pregnancy and childbirth, Zika research

March 29, 2017

Guest: Dr. Roland Kays, Director, Biodiversity Lab, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences; Research Associate Professor, North Carolina State University

Topics: New technologies to track animal movements, particularly mammals; Roland’s book, Candid Creatures: How Camera Traps Reveal the Mysteries of Nature, citizen science camera trapping projects such as North Carolina’s Candid Critters and eMammal

April 5, 2017

Guests: Erica Levine, Programs Director, Duke Global Digital Health Science Center; Dr. Jon O’Donnell, Digital Health Strategist, Smashing Boxes; Michael Levy, Entrepreneur in Residence, UNC Center for Health Innovation

Topics: 5th annual mHealth@Duke Conference (April 12, 2017), Duke Global Digital Health Science Center, digital health, mHealth, UNC Center for Health Innovation, Smashing Boxes, digital health community collaborations, digital health maturation curve

Co-Host: Lee Anne McClymont, host/producer, The Courage Cocktail

May 3, 2017

Guest: Dr. Michael Bergin, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Energy, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

Topics: Air pollution and human health, particulate matter, global assessment of climate and air pollution, Michael’s research travels to China, India, Nepal, Greenland, and Bolivia

May 17, 2017

Guest: Dr. Matthew Maciejewski, Professor, Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine; Research Career Scientist, Durham Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Durham, NC

Topics: Bariatric surgery and long-term weight loss, mental health effects of bariatric surgery, VA health services research

June 14, 2017

Guest: Dr. Joel Collier, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

Topics: Biomaterials and immune responses, self-assembled peptide vaccines, supramolecular systems, bioengineered gels

June 28, 2017

Guest: Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Associate Professor, Director, UNC Perinatal Psychology Program, UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders

Topics: Postpartum depression (PPD), social media app for PPD research, clinical trials for new PPD drug

August 2, 2017

Guest: Dr. Alper Bozkurt, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University

Topics: Cyber-enabled bionic organisms for environmental sensing and search-and-rescue, computer-aided training systems for dogs

August 9, 2017

Guests: Dr. Timothy Sheahan, Research Assistant Professor, and Dr. Amy Sims, Research Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: New anti-viral drug (GS-5734) with potential to treat coronaviruses, in vitro lung epithelial cell model, working in a Biosafety Level 3 lab

August 23, 2017

Guest: Dr. Diego Bohorquez, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Duke Department of Medicine, Assistant Research Professor of Neurobiology, Department of Neurology, Duke University School of Medicine

Topics: Gut-brain neurobiology, enteroendocrine cells

October 18, 2017

Guest: Dr. Xiaohe Yang, associate professor, North Carolina Central University Nutrition Research Program, Kannapolis, NC

Topics: Re-purposing diabetes drugs for breast cancer prevention, the breast cancer “risk window,” genistein in breast cancer

November 1, 2017

Guest: Dr. Myla Lai-Goldman, Co-founder, CEO & President, GeneCentric Therapeutics, Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC

Topics: Dr. Lai-Goldman’s career in science, medicine, and business; pathology; GeneCentric Therapeutics’ Cancer Subtype Platform, precision medicine, cancer drug development

December 6, 2017

Guest: Dr. Paul Byrne, Assistant Professor, Planetary Geology, North Carolina State University

Topics: Solar system planetary geology, planetary exploration, exoplanets, extraterrestrial life, volcanic and plate tectonic activity on Earth and other planets

February 7, 2018

Guest: Dr. Sven Eric Jordt, Associate Professor in Anesthesiology, Duke University

Topics: Tear gas, poison ivy, menthol, sensory mechanisms of pain, irritation, and itch

February 21, 2018

Guest: Dr. Kelly Ferguson, Investigator, Perinatal and Early Life Epidemiology Group, NIEHS

Topics: Perinatal and early life epidemiology, environmental exposures, preterm births, phthalate exposure during pregnancy

March 14, 2018

Guest: Dr. Paul Byrne, Assistant Professor, Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, NC State University

Topics: Paul Byrne 2.0 – his second RIV appearance, featuring an audio tour of the Solar System, Stephen Hawking

April 11, 2018

Guest: Dr. Todd Cohen, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, UNC School of Medicine

Topics: Pathogenic mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and ALS, abnormal TDP-43 protein clumping, potential treatments

May 30, 2018

Guest: Dr. Graham Diering, assistant professor, Department of Cell Biology & Physiology, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Sleep and memory, learning, synaptic homeostasis hypothesis

June 6, 2018

Guest: Dr. Susan Lozier, Distinguished Professor, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

Topics: Physical oceanography, large scale ocean circulation, meridional overturning, North Atlantic overturning, oceans and climate change, ocean acidification

June 27, 2018

Guest: Dr. Joshua Pierce, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, NC State University

Topics: Natural Products to Drugs Initiative (NP2D), Comparative Medicine Institute at NC State, drug discovery

July 25, 2018

Guests: Panaceutics, Inc. Co-founders CTO Edison Hudson, CSO Staton Noel III

Topics: Panaceutics’ technology platform for robotic preparation of gel packs with personalized medication formulations and nutritional applications, establishment and progress of the RTP company

August 15, 2018

Guest: Dr. Quantil Melendez, CEO, NIFP Technologies LLC, Durham

Topics: PCSK9 diagnostic test, NIFP Technologies, PCSK9 protein, cardiovascular disease, diabetes

September 5, 2018

Guest: Dr. Scott Commins, Associate Professor of Medicine, UNC Allergy and Immunology Clinic

Topics: Red meat allergy caused by Lone Star tick bite, allergic sensitization to Alpha-Gal

October 10, 2018

Guest: Dr. Randy Jirtle, Professor of Epigenetics, Department of Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University

Topics: Epigenetics, gene imprinting, fetal origins of disease susceptibility, environmental epigenomics

November 28, 2018

Guest: Dr. Merrie Mosedale, Assistant Director, Institute for Drug Safety Sciences; Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, UNC-Chapel Hil

Topics: Drug safety, genetics of adverse drug reactions, drug-induced liver injury, translational pharmacogenomics

December 19, 2018

Guest: Dr. Jeffery Dick, assistant professor of chemistry, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Electrochemistry, nanoelectrodes, single cell biology, Forbes “30 Under 30” recognition

January 16, 2019

Guest: Dr. Manuel Kleiner, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, NC State University

Topics: Gut microbes’ diet, microbial symbioses, metaproteomics, ecophysiology, plant root microbes

February 13, 2019

Guests: Dr. Charlene Wong, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Dr. Chuck Scales, Jr., Associate Professor of Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine; Co-Directors, Behavioral Research Intervention Science Center (BRISC)

Topics: BRISC, behavioral economics, clinical trial participation incentives, Dr. Wong’s health services research, Dr. Scales’s research on kidney stones

March 6, 2019

Guest: Dr. Herman Pontzer, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University

Topics: Evolution of human metabolism, constrained energy expenditure model, physical activity and metabolism, the science of diet & exercise, cardiometabolic health in hunter-gatherers

April 24, 2019

Guest: Dr. Dwight Koeberl, Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology; Medical Director, Pediatric Biochemical Genetics Laboratory, Duke University

Topics: Gene therapy clinical trial for Pompe disease, gene therapy history and current practice, enzyme replacement therapy, newborn screening, Actus Therapeutics

May 22, 2019

Guest: Dr. Kenneth Poss, James B. Duke Professor of Cell Biology; Director, Regeneration Next Initiative, Duke University School of Medicine

Topics: Tissue regeneration, zebrafish regeneration model; heart, appendage, and spinal cord regeneration, Regeneration Next Initiative

July 17, 2019

Guest: Dr. Ilona Jaspers, Professor, Departments of Environmental Science and Engineering; Pediatrics, Microbiology and Immunology; Director, Curriculum in Toxicology; Deputy Director, Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology, UNC-Chapel Hill

Topics: Vaping and E-cigarettes health effects research, cinnamaldehyde (e-cigarette flavoring additive), translational studies related to air pollution health effects, cigarette smoking, nicotine addiction, burn pit smoke exposure study

August 21, 2019

Guest: Dr. Xunrong Luo, Instructor, Departments of Medicine and Pathology, Duke University School of Medicine; Director of Translation, Duke Transplant Center

Topic: Transplantation state of the science, transplantation tolerance, immunosuppression, non-chimeric approach, new technologies in transplantation

August 28, 2019

Guest: Dr. Andrew George, Community Engagement Coordinator, Center for Public Engagement with Science; Lecturer, Environment, Ecology & Energy Program, UNC Institute for the Environment; host of “Furious George” show on WCOM

Topics: Research on well-water contamination, environmental justice, community engagement in environmental problem-solving

October 23, 2019

Guest: Dr. Dan Costa, retired National Research Program Director for Air, Climate and Energy Research Program, USEPA; Adjunct Professor, Environment Sciences and Engineering, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Topics: Air pollution research, air pollution toxicology, EPA, climate change, particulate matter

November 6, 2019

Guest: Dr. Adam Hartstone-Rose, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, NC State University

Topics: Recent discovery of a sixth digit “pseudothumb” in aye-aye lemurs, Adam’s other research in functional morphology and comparative anatomy in vertebrates

February 5, 2020

Guest: Dr. Scott Donaldson, Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine, UNC Chapel Hill; Associate Director, Marsico Clinical and Translational Research Center; Director, UNC Adult CF Care Center

Topics: Breakthrough new treatment for cystic fibrosis, CF diagnostics, other new CF therapies, CFTR mutations

March 11, 2020

Guest: Dr. Jenny Tung, Associate Professor of Biology, Duke University; 2019 MacArthur Foundation fellow (“genius” grant)

Topics: Interplay between genes and behavior, Ambesoli Baboon Research Project, social status among baboons and rhesus macaques



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