Infectious Disease

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.

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

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/...