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Dr Elizabeth Wayne, assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University is my guest this week. She chats to me about her fascinating work on immunoengineering in the context of cancer, how 'everything we need to fight cancer is inside our body' and how her research works to harness this. Throughout this episode Liz uses some  hilarious analogies to describe complex immune events - find out why macrophages are like that person in your friend group you think is kind of useless until they're not there and why you want the B-cells at your party!

Liz also chats to me about growing up in Mississippi, why its so important to have different people asking the scientific questions even if the 'pipette doesn't care what gender/race/sexual orientation' you are and why the inaugural #BlackInImmunoWeek this week is so important.

So delighted to bring out this special episode to mark #BlackInImmunoWeek and celebrate diversity in academia!

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Prof Alan Kelly, professor in the school of food and nutritional sciences at UCC is my guest on the podcast this week. Alan delves into the world of food and dairy science in this episode. We chat about the 'science is still catching up with the art of food', the importance of food processing (contrary to popular belief) and how dairy processing is like 'building lego'. He also chats about the advances in food technology due to war and exploration and his own fascinating work on 3D printing of cheese.

Alan discusses his books 'Molecules, Microbes and Meals' and 'How Scientists Communicate' and explains the 'diverse toolkit of communication skills' scientists must have to be able to explain the impact of their research. Some brilliant stories, advice and fascinating science in this episode!!

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Professor Jacintha O'Sullivan joins me this week to chat about her Translational Oncology research group in the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute at St James's hospital. She talks to me about her work on gastrointestinal cancers, both Colorectal and Oesophageal and how her studies on tumour microenvironment, metabolism and angiogenesis could impact GI cancer treatments and diagnosis. 

Jacintha also talks to me about spending nearly a decade in the US and the importance of working with patients and clinical teams to further our knowledge of cancer pathogenesis.

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Prof John O'Connor, head of teaching in UCD SBBS is my guest this week. He chats to me about his career in electrophysiology and his interests into how the immune system affects memory in a region of the brain called the hippocampus. We also discuss his latest work on stroke and preconditioning tissues for hypoxic insult.

John also fondly recalls his time working as a lighthouse keeper with his dad to earn money during college and the 'real buzz' you get in research when something works. 

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Prof Emma Teeling, head of Zoology at UCD is my guest on the podcast this week. Emma talks about her fascinating research into bats and how uncovering the bat genome may unlock the secrets to health and longevity. Emma discusses how studying bats can impact human health by examining their mechanisms of ageing and inflammation, her field trips to Brittany in France and how bats have undeservedly become the scapegoats of COVID-19.

She also discusses growing up in an entrepreneurial household, how being a scientist is like being an elite Olympian and the curiosity that drives her very obvious passion for what she does.

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Brian Pennie is my guest on the podcast this week. He talks about growing up surrounded by drug and alcohol abuse, how this lead him down a road of chronic heroin addiction and crippling anxiety, how he overcame these issues and where he is today, a PhD researcher in the Trinity Institute of Neuroscience. Brian's research now focuses on using interventions such as mindfulness to combat substance misuse in adults.

We also chat about the importance of being bold in asking for advice, the importance of having balance in your life and how he views the world with a new 'spark' now. 

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Prof Laoise McNamara is my guest this week. She chats to me about her biomedical engineering research group in NUIG and her ongoing research in the field of mechanobiology . She also talks about her work on bone remodeling in the context of Osteoporosis and cancer metastasis.

We also chat about the importance of  effective science communication and encouraging equal gender balances in engineering and STEM. 

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Prof Marina Lynch, professor of cellular neuroscience in Trinity College Dublin is my guest this week. She chats to me about her research into neuroinflammation in Alzheimers disease, her findings on memory and coming up against criticism for going against the grain in her early days.

Marina also chats about her experience in boarding school, her passion for learning and her pet peeves of 'form filling' and academic admin.

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In this episode I chat to Dr Tom Flanagan about his research career merging the fields of tissue engineering and cardiovascular research. He talks to me about his research experience in Germany, his work on umbilical cord tissue (including his own sons tissue!!) and how this work could drastically improve the surgical landscape for infants with congenital heart defects. 

Tom also talks about his passion for teaching, how he could have been Galways answer to the next Marty Morrissey and how research is like 'being in a relationship'.

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Welcome back to Season 2 of Unravelling Science! 

In this episode I chat to Prof Christine Loscher about her research into immune health and nutrition in DCU. We discuss the impact of your immune status on overall health, how we can mine & harvest immunomodulatory agents from our food and what supermarkets may look like in the future. Christine also chats about the importance of mentors in academia and asking for help along the way. 

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