UChicagoGRAD is thrilled to announce the launch of Expand Your Perspective, a new podcast highlighting the research of UChicago graduate students and postdocs. Expand Your Perspective launches today with three episodes, each of which brings together a group of researchers for a far-ranging conversation on a common theme. We hope this podcast provides an exciting opportunity for grad students and postdocs to showcase their work and for our listeners to learn more about the groundbreaking research that goes on at UChicago. Check out and follow our Spotify account!
Expand Your Perspective is hosted by Michael O’Toole, who leads the GRADTalk program, and Linsin Smith, a GRADTalk advisor and current PhD student in Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology. The goal of the podcast is to foster an interdisciplinary conversation around common themes, highlighting the impact of graduate student and postdoctoral research on big questions across a wide range of fields.
The first three episodes available now are:
Episode 1 – The Universe: Black Holes, Exoplanets, and the Evolution of Stars
Is there life beyond Earth? What are common misconceptions about the universe? And how do you make science more accessible for everyone? This inaugural episode features three graduate students at the forefront of research in the physical sciences: Nora Bailey, Gourav Khullar, and Gautam Satishchandran.
Episode 2 – Signals, Circuits, and Pathways: How Do Cells Talk to Each Other?
Monkeys playing video games, octopus arm regeneration, and the cell-to-cell communication that underscores every biological process? Join our conversation to learn more about innovative graduate research in the biological sciences, with the help of Meike Lobb-Rabe, Natalie Grace Schulz, Caleb Sponheim, and Sherzod Tokamov.
Episode 3 – Coronavirus and COVID-19: Shifting Research Priorities
In this episode, immunology graduate student Chris Stamper talks about how his lab shifted the focus of their antibody research to deepen our understanding of the coronavirus and aid in the development of a vaccine. In the second half, Master’s alumnus Dr. Siva Bhavani talks about his work as an ICU physician and how he utilizes big data to understand better the trajectories of patients with COVID-19.
New podcasts will be recorded and released on a monthly basis. If you are a graduate student or postdoc and are interested in participating in a podcast episode, please fill out the application form here. We look forward to hearing from you!