On this episode of the podcast, Anushka Khasnobish talks to us about her research using saliva samples to aid in the early detection of certain diseases. Based on the composition of microbes in one's saliva, researchers can now say with increasing levels of accuracy whether or not someone is experiencing the kidney disease IgA Nephropathy (or Berger's disease). Her work is helping drive these developments in microbiology and medicine. But that's not all it's doing - turns out, there's a lot your saliva can say about you. Learn more by listening in to our full conversation.
About Our Guest
Anushka Khasnobish is a creative writer wandering in the maze of science of little things called “microbiology”. As a doctoral researcher, she is currently looking at the relationship between human health and the little microbe friends in our saliva and how health experts can utilize this relationship for therapeutic purposes. She is a curious child trapped in an adult body and this curiosity fuels her work. She is a strong believer of destiny which is reflected in her creative blog, “Maktub."
You can get in touch with her on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Keywords: music, physiology, eye tracking, phase locking, absorption, motor behavior, social synchrony, technology, feeling in the groove.
On this episode, we discuss the relationship between music and human physiology, and highlight some interesting findings from Lauren's dissertation work at UC Davis (see video below for a taste of what's to come).
About the Guest:
Lauren Fink holds a PhD in neuroscience from the University of California, Davis, where she was supervised by Dr. Petr Janata. Previously, Lauren attended the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Allen Otte of the Percussion Group Cincinnati and earned her Bachelors of Music in percussion performance. Lauren also holds an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, where she conducted research in the Center for Music & Science and was supervised by Dr. Ian Cross.
Lauren has been a visiting researcher at the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, the Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, and the Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics. She was the scientific co-chair of a Conference on Music and Eye-Tracking and a guest editor of a Special Issue on the same topic for the Journal of Eye Movement Research.
In addition to her research, Lauren leads a neuroscience diversity initiative: SOMA: Seminar Outreach for Minority Advocacy. She also volunteers with non-profit organization Girls Rock Sacramento and serves on the peer review panel of the California Arts Council.
Soon, Lauren will be moving to Frankfurt, Germany for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics.
Learn more about her on her website: https://lkfink.github.io
Keywords: space exploration, microbes, alien life, holographic microscope, astronomy, Europa, medical technology, clean water.
NASA Mission to Mars 1978 Mishap:
During the episode Carl mentioned that NASA is leery of making big claims about finding extraterrestrial life due to controversy surrounding a mission in the 70s that initally (mis)interpreted bio-signatures and later retracted certain claims. The mission was known as Viking Lander.
UPCOMING MISSIONS TO KNOW ABOUT