S2 E6: Breast Cancer and Medicine vs. Research with Sarah Van Dorin

I sit down with Sarah Van Dorin, 4th year biochemistry student, to discuss her work on breast cancer in the lab of Ronald Weigel, MD, PhD, MBA. We also delve into some of the reasons a student might like to pursue either medicine or research (or both) as they progress throughout their undergraduate degree. Van Dorin is an ICRU Ambassador, published author, and entering medical student.

To read more about the Weigel Laboratory, click here.

To read Sarah's co-authored paper in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, click here.

S2 E5: Endometrial Cancer Research with Tata Kavlashvili

I sit down with Tata Kavlashvili, fourth-year biology student and research assistant in the Carver College of Medicine, to discuss research on endometrial cancer and uterine cancer therapies. Kavlashvili published a lead-author paper, entitled "Inverse Relationship between Progesterone Receptor and Myc in Endometrial Cancer" as a junior. She is an Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Ambassador and a member of the Leslie Lab at the University of Iowa.

To learn more about the Leslie Lab, click here.

To read Tata's published paper in PLoS One (open access), click here.

S2 E4: Lance Heady on Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and P7C3

I sit down with Lance Heady, neuroscience and biochemistry student, to discuss his work on neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s. Heady works with Andrew Pieper, MD, PhD on the development of a neuroprotective compound named P7C3. Lance is an Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Ambassador, a Latham Fellow in Science Engagement, a newly-minted Amgen Scholar, and an avid ballroom dancer.

To read more about the Pieper Laboratory's research projects, click here.

To learn about a "day in the life" of Lance Heady, click here.

S2 E3: Preston Anderson on Cystic Fibrosis

I sit down with Preston Anderson, a biochemistry and human physiology student at the University of Iowa, to discuss his work on cystic fibrosis in the Engelhardt lab. Preston is an Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Ambassador and recently published a first-author paper in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, entitled “Multipotent Myoepithelial Progenitor Cells Are Born Early During Airway Submucosal Gland Development.”

(Image: Folded protein structure of the CFTR protein)

To read more about the Engelhardt Laboratory, click here.

To read Preston's bio, click here.

To read Preston's recently published manuscript in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, click here.

S2 E2: Shiny R and Self-Driving Tractors with Heather Kemp

Heather Kemp is a computer science student at the University of Iowa. We discuss her work on Shiny R app development, internships at John Deere, and what the future holds for an inquisitive programmer. Heather, an Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow, works on R and one of its libraries, Shiny R, which can be used to develop statistics applications as front-end systems to improve student comprehension of these topics. Heather works with Professor Sheila Barron in the Department of Statistics.

To learn more about Heather Kemp and the Association for Computing Machinery, click here.

S2 E1: Glial Cells with Anya Kim

Anya Kim, a third-year Neurobiology student at the University of Iowa, studies the role of glial cells in stroke. She has been a member of the Dailey laboratory in the Department of Biology for over two years, researching microglial survival during ischemia. She is also a Latham Fellow in Science Communication and Engagement and an Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Ambassador. Kim recently completed her first comic book, aptly titled “Brains! A close-up look at what is going on inside your head.”

To learn more about the Dailey Lab, click here.

To read Anya's comic book, "Brains!", click here.