Episode #247: Transitioning From graduate work to Research in STEM

Today’s unique episode features Professor David Smith, who provides some context on life as a full-time researcher in STEM. Here to represent the graduate student perspective is Viral genome researcher Laura Munoz. If your curious about the next steps after grad school, be sure to tune in! 

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Produced By Connor Chato

Episode #246: On the Origin of Viral Genes

Given that viruses have a profound impact on every living organism, understanding how viruses evolve is crucial to understanding life itself. In this episode, hosts Gavin Tolometti and Nick Handfield Jones interview PhD student Laura Muñoz from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Laura introduces us to the world of virus genomes, bioinformatics and how her passion for evolution and virus diversity brought her to Canada.

Produced by Ariel Frame

Episode #245: Bones, Joints and Super Healing Mice

DID YOU KNOW: Cartilage injuries to joints, ears, and the nose heal much worse than cartilage injuries to bone or muscle? In this episode, hosts Gavin Tolometti and Joyla Furlano interview Dr. Roman Krawetz about what processes occur on a cellular level when these types of cartilage injuries attempt to heal. The keynote speaker at this year’s Western Biology Graduate Research Forum and a Western Alumni himself, Dr. Krawetz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Calgary as well as a member of the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health.

Produced by Gregory Robinson

Episode #244: Sonic the Hedgehog

On this week's GradCast, hosts Nick Handfield-Jones and Nikol Posnov interview Danielle Spice about her research into sonic hedgehog. And no, we're not talking about the video game. Sonic hedgehog is a protein involved in growth, and Danielle tells us about how she uses a cutting edge technology CRISPR to investigate how it works. We also delve deep into the best flavour of Crisper chips. To get in contact with Danielle, find her on twitter @spicedanielle


Produced by Gregory Robinson

Episode #243: How to relax in one of the world’s biggest magnets

This episode, hosts Ariel Frame and Connor Chato speak with Megha Verma, a Master's student in the Neuroscience program, about her work on determining standards for use of anesthetics when imaging non-human primates. Megha explains how standardizing this procedure will enable researchers to conduct neuroimaging better. To discover more about Megha, you can find her on Instagram @MeghaVerma95 or check out her @MeghaVerma95.Art

Produced by Gregory Robinson

Episode #242: Its a Bird, it’s a Plane, No it’s Flying Microbe Particles!

This episode, hosts Nikol Posnov and Gregory Robinson interview guests Matthew Svensson and Mohammed Chamma who are part of the High Altitude Balloon initiative from the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration at Western University. Matt and Mo and the rest of the team built an apparatus to collect and study microbe particles found in the stratosphere well above the tallest buildings but within our atmosphere. Tune in to hear more about these high flying microbes.

Produced by Gavin Tolometti


If you want to get in contact with Matt, Mo and the team to learn more about the High Altitude Balloon initiative you can go to the Western Space website: https://space.uwo.ca/research/projects/high_altitude_balloon_initiative/index.html

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Episode #241 From the Arctic to Mars

On this episode, Gradcast hosts Connor Chato and Nikol Posnov interview Chimira Andres, an intrepid researcher of space ice! We learn what it's like to do field work in the Canadian Arctic, what ice on Earth can tell us about its equivalent on other planets and how it's important to stay creative as a researcher, because in the words of Albert Einstein: "Creativity is Intelligence Having Fun"

Produced by Gavin Tolometti


If you want to learn more about Chimira Andres research you can follow her on twitter - @RocksNRockets


Episode #240: Making Neurons to Study Autism

On this episode, hosts Gregory Robinson and Ariel Frame interview neuroscience student, Kartik Pradeepan, about his research on Autism. Autism is a complex disease that is associated with mutations among gene clusters. Kartik's research uses stem cells differentiated into neurons to create neuronal networks in order to study the role of SHANK2, a gene associated with autism, by measuring electrical activity. To learn more, tune in to this fascinating episode. 


Produced by Ariel Frame

Episode #239: Master of Public Health Poster Day 2019

In this special episode, hosts Jenna Schlorff and Nikol Posnov chat with students about their practicum experiences during the Master of Public Health Practicum Showcase day. Harvir Sandhu talks about the three months she spent at Bruyère Research Institute. Rachelle Roussel shares about her time with the Canadian Red Cross Society. Nour Kachouh discusses her experiences with the Public Health Association of Canada. Jessica Hill and Jenna Schlorff exchange thoughts regarding their time spent with the Health Equity Action Research Team with Western University.

Feel free to reach out to any of these public health professionals via email:

Harvir Sandhu: hsandh47@uwo.ca

Rachelle Roussel: rrousse3@uwo.ca

Nour Kachouh: nkachouh@uwo.ca

Jessica Hill: jhill83@uwo.ca

Jenna Schlorff: jschlorf@uwo.ca; Twitter: @j_schlorff 


Produced by Connor Chato

#GradLife Episode III: What Can PSAC610 Do For You?

 In this episode, hosts Monica Molinaro and Gavin Tolometti are joined by PSAC President, Katelyn Mitri! PSAC, or the Public Service Alliance 610, is the Graduate TA and Postdoctoral Union at Western University. They discuss how PSAC works, what is done behind the scenes to advocate for graduate students, and how PSAC can help when having a difficult TA experience. If you’d like to learn more about PSAC and their services, visit www.psac610.ca.


Produced by Gregory Robinson