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Behind the Biology

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The ATCC podcast series, Behind the Biology, is your source for discussions between ATCC experts, collaboration partners, and industry leaders. With each guest, we'll explore their connections to life science research, touch on the pivotal moments in their careers, and discuss the future for their respective fields. Twenty minutes at a time, we tell great stories with great scientists.

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Episode 15: Bioinformatics Unleashed - Decoding Microbial Mysteries

Listen in to hear James Crill delve into the future of microbial forensics, emphasizing the importance of fully vetted databases for microbial forensics and the impact of rapid technological advancements.

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Episode 14: From Stethoscopes to Petri Dishes - An Unconventional Path

Join in to hear Mr. James Crill discuss influence of his previous roles in government and industry on his current work and the unique challenges presented by mobile lab deployment.

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Episode 13: Microbial Detectives - Unraveling Bacterial Origins

Listen in to hear Mr. Jamie Crill discuss his research focus of microbial forensics, particularly about how to use microorganisms to determine if a crime was a biological one, or if these microbes can clarify when and where a person has been recently.

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Episode 12: The Future of Parkinson's Disease Research

Join in to hear Dr. Birgitt Schuele discuss current and future directions in the study of neurodegenerative diseases.

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Episode 11: Upgrading the Parkinson's disease research toolkit

Tune in to hear Dr. Birgitt Schuele discusses how the study of Parkinson’s disease has transformed over the years.

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Episode 10: Tackling Parkinson's Disease — Historical Challenges and Modern Solutions

Listen in to hear Dr. Birgitt Schuele talk about her current focus of research, the role of alpha synuclein in the onset and progression of Parkinson’s disease.

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Episode 9: Is All Science Bioinformatics?

Tune in to this episode to hear John Bagnoli predict the future of bioinformatics and describes the challenges likely to appear along the way.

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Episode 8: Epidemic Response in a Box

Listen in to hear about the challenges of laboratory work in a shipping container and how that experience informed our speaker's leadership style.

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Episode 7: Slow Evolution and Fast Revelations in Bioinformatics

Listen in to learn about the importance of correctly interrogating big data sources and the importance of bioinformatics standards and reveals some of their surprising origins.

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Episode 6: The Future of Extracellular Vesicle Research in Therapeutic and Diagnostic Development

Listen in to learn about some of the hurdles that restrain the development of EV research and how synergistic collaborations between academia and ATCC can help us leap towards the future.

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Episode 5: One Scientist's Artifact Is Another’s Treasure

Tune in to hear Drs. Branscome and Kashanchi connect the dots between extracellular vesicles, virally infected cells, and cancer research. They then discuss how EV’s from stem cells may have a place in regenerative medicine and expound upon how researcher’s scientific artifact can be another’s pharmacological treasure.

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Episode 4: Approaching the Frontier of Regenerative Medicine

Tune in to learn about extracellular vesicles and how they can play opposing roles in the pathogenesis of infectious diseases and the regeneration of damaged tissues.

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Episode 3: The Future of Bioinformatics - Challenges and Solutions

Tune in to learn about challenges in the field of bioinformatics that need to be met and how could they be solved.

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Episode 2: Pivoting into Bioinformatics and Capitalizing on Eureka Moments

Learn about the reality of a career in science and some of the eureka moments in bioinformatics that helped shape Dr. Jacob’s career.

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Episode 1: The Difficulties of Big Data in the Biological Sciences

Learn about issues such as reproducibility in research, the pros and cons of crowd sourcing data, and a solution in ATCC’s approach to whole-genome sequencing, assembly, and annotation for producing high-quality, authenticated reference genomes