Carol Greider: Scientific Discovery

Carol Greider

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcome Nobel Laureate Carol Greider, Daniel Nathans Professor and Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Johns Hopkins University, for a discussion of her intellectual odyssey. Topics covered include her education; her Nobel winning research on telomeres and telomerase; the implications of this research for treatment of disease; science education; and women in science.

KEYWORDS: Nobel Laureates, Genetics, Cells.

Lucy Shapiro: A Microbiologist’s Intellectual Odyssey

Lucy Shapiro

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Lucy Shapiro, Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research in the School of Medicine, Stanford University, for a discussion of her career in the biological sciences. Topics discussed include unraveling the mystery of bacterial DNA, creativity in the sciences, the interdisciplinary nature of biology, the policy challenges posed by the increasing threat of infectious disease and the diminishing efficacy of antibiotics, and the problem of bioterrorism.

KEYWORDS: Bacteria, Cells, Epidemiology.

Tim White: On the Trail of our Human Ancestors

Tim White

Tim White, Professor of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley, joins host Harry Kreisler for a discussion of how science is changing our understanding of mankind's origins.

KEYWORDS: Evolution.

Sir John Gurdon: Revolution in the Biological Sciences

Sir John Gurdon

Host Harry Kreisler Welcomes Professor Sir John Gurdon for a discussion of advances in research on cell biology. Sir John reflects on his career as a scientist including his path breaking research on cloning. He offers insights into the implications of the revolution in the biological sciences.

Key Words: Nobel Laureates, Genetics, Scientists, Bioscience, Cloning, Cells, Berkeley Graduate Lecturers

Sidney Altman: Unraveling the Mystery of Ribonucleic Acid (RNA)

Sidney Altman

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Nobel Laureate Sidney Altman, Sterling Professor at Yale University, for a discussion of Ribonucleic Acid (RNA). Topics covered include: the importance of basic research, creativity in the sciences, the qualities and skills necessary for scientific problem solving, the evolution of Altman's career, his Nobel research unraveling the mystery of RNA's function, and the implications of his discovery for understanding the origins of life and preventing disease. Drawing on his experience as Dean of Yale College in the 1980's, he also discusses...

Roy L. Caldwell: Evolution of a Biologist

Roy L. Caldwell

In this edition, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler talks with UC Berkeley Professor Roy L. Caldwell about his work in marine biology and what his research tells us about sight in stomatopods.

Key Words: Bioscience, Marine Life, Scientists

Eva Harris: Making Science Accessible

Eva Harris

Conversations with History and Host Harry Kreisler welcome UC Berkeley Professor Eva Harris who discusses her work on the frontier of biological science her efforts to make science accessible, and her activism.

Key Words: Scientists, Infectious Disease, Bacteria, Bioscience, DNA, Women Trailblazers, Berkeley Faculty, Scientists, Public Health

Chikashi Toyoshima: Visualizing the Relationship between Structure and Cellular Activity

Chikashi Toyoshima

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes biophysicist Chikashi Toyoshima for a discussion of his remarkable achievement in capturing the first images of cellular activity as the calcium ion pump makes possible the contraction and relaxation of muscle tissue on a signal from the brain. Topics covered include: how structure determines process in cellular activity, the technical innovations required for this breakthrough in the biosciences, and why visualization is so important in understanding cellular processes. He also reflects on creativity in science and how the images he captured...

Charlotte D. Jacobs: Henry Kaplan and the Story of Hodgkin's Disease

Charlotte D. Jacobs

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs, M.D., for a discussion of the development of a cure for Hodgkin's lymphatic cancer. Tracing her decision to become a medical oncologist, Dr. Jacobs characterizes the challenges of being both an oncologist and biographer. She then traces the history of Hodgkin's disease including the contributions of scientists who identified the cancer, its distinctive pattern of moving through the lymph system, and other clues that led to a cure. Focusing on the career of Stanford's Dr. Henry Kaplan, she describes the qualities...

Jennifer Doudna: Unraveling CRISPR-Cas9

Jennifer Doudna

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor Jennifer Doudna of UC Berkeley for a discussion of her intellectual odyssey that led to the discovery of CRISPR-Cas9, a revolutionary tool for gene editing. In the conversation, they explore the implications of CRISPR-Cas9 for agriculture, biotechnology and biomedicine. They also discuss how education and public advocacy can broaden insight into the ethical and policy dimensions of the biological revolution that is upon us.

KEYWORDS: Bioscience, Bacteria/Genetics/DNA/Medicine/Infectious Disease/RNA/Scientific Inquiry/...