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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 de…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 h…
 
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 Br…
 
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 inter…
 
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 …
 
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 p…
 
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 con…
 
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…
 
In this episode I chat to Trinity immunometabolism guru Dr Dave Finlay about his research into nutrients & metabolism, immune cell function and tumour microenvironment, particularly focused on Natural Killer and Dendritic cells. He also chats to me about his time in Dundee under the supervision of Prof Doreen Cantrell and the stressful 'lag period'…
 
In this episode I chat to Harvard researcher Dr Evanna Mills about her career to date in the field of immunometabolism, her experience as a PhD student under the supervision of Prof Luke O'Neill and her recent work on thermogenesis. She also discusses working on mouse models in the lab, what it was like growing up with two of Ireland's most promine…
 
I chat to my supervisor Prof Ursula Fearon about her career in Rheumatology and the extremely translational research her lab conducts, constantly feeding back to the clinicians and patients. We chat about the benefits of studying interactions between cells in the joint and recent work on arthritis in children with Down Syndrome. Ursula also chats a…
 
In this episode I chat to UCD PhD researcher Sean Mooney about life in astrophysics and his research into plasma jets that are released from black holes in distant galaxies using the LOFAR radiotelescope. We also chat about life as a PhD student, stand up comedy and why hes probably not cut out to be an astronaut. Follow me: MeganHanlon4…
 
Prof Cliona O'Farrelly chats to me about her career in liver immunology and the past and present research in her lab on liver metastasis and Hepatitis C virus. She also discusses the many mentors she has had along the way and gives me some great advice and insights into how to 'make the career suit you, rather than you suit the career.' Follow Clio…
 
Dr Michael Monaghan chats about his fascinating bioengineering research into regenerating cardiac tissue using biomaterials and stem cells. He discusses the implications of using 'a heart on a dish' to test drugs & model disease and how academia isn't too different from working in hospitality. Follow Michael: twitter.com/drmgmonaghan Follow me: twi…
 
Prof Luke O'Neill chats to me about his prolific career in inflammation and immunometabolism. He also talks about his love of autonomy in academia - 'you aren't working for the man' and how his weekly radio slot on Newstalk with Pat Kenny turned into two published books with a 3rd on the way. Follow Luke: twitter.com/laoneill111 Follow me: twitter.…
 
In this episode Dr Sharee Basdeo chats to me about her research into the emerging field of innate immune training and the cross-talk between immune cells in the context of infectious diseases such as TB. She also talks to me about the 'creative freedom' she has in the lab, how shes a 'life-long learner' and how 'no nature paper is going to come clo…
 
Dr Ciaran Fairman chats to me about his career, from his dreams of being a professional soccer player in Finglas to his current research into the benefit of exercise in cancer management. He also talks about moving to rural Kentucky at 18 and how finding exercise science changed his life. Follow Ciaran: twitter.com/CiaranFairman Follow me: twitter.…
 
In this episode I chat to Dr Andy Hogan about the obesity epidemic in Ireland and how this impacts inflammation and immune function. He discusses the strategies his lab are investigating to combat this. Andy also tells me how he 'doesn't see research as work' and chats about his previous kickboxing career. Follow Andy: twitter.com/OSheaHoganLab Fol…
 
In this episode I speak to Dr Annie Curtis about her fascinating research on circadian rhythms and how modern lifestyle is causing a disruption to our body clocks leading to a number of chronic inflammatory diseases. She also discusses the 'poetry and magic' in getting things right in academic research. Follow Annie: twitter.com/curtisclocklab Foll…
 
Welcome to Unravelling Science, the podcast where Dr Megan Hanlon listens to the stories that shaped the science. In this episode Dr Mary Canavan speaks about her career in immunology, the translational aspect of her Rheumatology research & juggling academia and family life. Follow Mary: twitter.com/Mary_canavan Follow Megan: twitter.com/MeganHanlo…
 
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