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4 New Biotech Podcasts: 1) Dr. Tian Li onTransparent wood, 2) An Advocate for Antimicrobial resistance, 3 ) Sam Arbesman Author and Scientist in Residence at Lux Capital, and 4) Sanjoy, Astrobiologist, Director at Blue Marble Space Institute – Dataemia

4 New Biotech Podcasts: 1) Dr. Tian Li onTransparent wood, 2) An Advocate for Antimicrobial resistance, 3 ) Sam Arbesman Author and Scientist in Residence at Lux Capital, and 4) Sanjoy, Astrobiologist, Director at Blue Marble Space Institute

I didn’t want to do 4 separate posts, so I put them all together with all of the pertinent links. I hope this is easier for everyone. Let me know what you think.

Find the episodes here, itunes, or google play.


1) Dr. Tian Li, Forbes 30 under 30 for Energy, and I discuss Transparent Wood, See through Boats, Wood Insulation, and A lot More

Dr. Tian Li, Forbes 30 under 30 for Energy, and I discuss Transparent Wood, See through Boats, Wood Insulation, and A lot More

“Tian Li, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, has been named to Forbes‘ prestigious “30 Under 30 2018: Energy” list in recognition for her contributions to what the magazine describes as the “remarkable scientific breakthrough” of transparent wood.

Li and a research team led by Clark School Associate Professor Liangbing Hu removed the molecule in wood that makes it rigid and dark in color (lignin), and replaced it with epoxy, which reinforces the wood’s channels—making it stronger and colorless. This new “transparent wood” material, which is a highly efficient insulator and more biodegradable than plastic, could eventually replace glass in building materials and optical equipment.

“Dr. Li has been extremely innovative in inventing wood-based emerging technologies, including in the application of transparent wood in energy-efficient buildings that is better than glass” said Hu.

Li received her bachelor’s degree in engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. She completed her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at UMD in 2015, and has also published several recent papers on solar-cell technology.

This is the seventh year that Forbes has issued their “30 Under 30″ list to acknowledge the top talent in 20 different industries.

WATCH to learn more about transparent wood:” Source


2) #39: Susan Vaughn Grooters, Consumer advocate, PhD student, Policy Analyst, & Research Associate Centered on Antimicrobial Resistance and I Discuss Her Life, Resistance, and Ways to Get Involved

Antimicrobial resistance, how she got started, what she is passionate about, examples of work she and others have done to curb resistance, advice/suggestions, and more are all things you’ll find in this episode!

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Work History

  • Research AssociateThe Ohio State University
  • 📷****Policy AnalystKeep Antibiotics Working Coalition
  • Food Safety Research and Policy AssociateCenter for Science in the Public Interest
  • 📷****Director of Research and EducationSTOP Foodborne Illness
  • 📷****Independent ContractorVermont Department of Health

Post Episode Content

Food labeling website, Consumer’s Union: https://www.consumerreports.org/overuse-of-antibiotics/what-no-antibiotic-claims-really-mean/Maryn McKenna’s book, Big Chicken: https://marynmckenna.com/books/big-chicken/ also has a link on the page to her Ted talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/maryn_mckenna_what_do_we_do_when_antibiotics_don_t_work_any_morePurdue’s decision: https://www.perduefarms.com/news/statements/antibiotics-position-statement/Keep Antibiotics Working non-profit Coalition: https://www.keepantibioticsworking.org/Alternatives to Antibiotics: http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2017/07/alternatives-to-antibiotics-in-animal-agricultureOIE: http://www.oie.int/en/An “okay” definition of competitive exclusion: https://www.britannica.com/science/principle-of-competitive-exclusionAmericorps: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps or Americorps VISTA: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorpsvistaIdealist: https://www.idealist.org


3) Dr. Sam Arbesman Author and Scientist in Residence at Lux Capital talks about His Journey, Startups, and Thoughts on Being a Generalist vs a Specialist

“Samuel Arbesman is a complexity scientist, whose work focuses on the nature of scientific and technological change. He is currently Scientist in Residence at Lux Capital, a venture capital firm investing in emerging science and technology ventures. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Boulder and Research Fellow at the Long Now Foundation.

Arbesman’s training is in complexity science, computational biology, and applied mathematics. His scientific research has been cited widely and has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His essays about science, mathematics, and technology have appeared in such places as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Wired, where he was previously a contributing writer, and he has been featured in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2010. Arbesman is the author of two award-winning books, Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension (Current/Penguin, 2016) and The Half-Life of Facts (Current/Penguin, 2012).

Previously, Arbesman was a Senior Scholar at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and a Research Fellow in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. He completed a PhD in computational biology at Cornell University in 2008, and earned a BA in computer science and biology at Brandeis University in 2004.


4) Dr. Sanjoy, Astrobiologist, Director at Blue Marble Space Institute of Science

His non linear path to finding his way to Astrobiology, the projects he is working on, discussion on planets and moons, and his love of sharing science are just some of the topics we will cover in this episode.


“Welcome! As an astrobiologist, my research broadly investigates how the rock record can preserve properties of an ancient atmosphere, and how the rocks can create or contribute to an atmosphere; a discipline I like to call “Atmospheric Geology”. Atmospheric gases and/or gases released in water-rock reactions are fundamental in metabolic processes, and so I enjoy thinking about the role life has in modulating the concentration of gases (atmospheric or not), and how the concentration of those gases modulate biological “lifestyle” (survival, maintenance, growth). As examples, I investigate how ancient raindrop craters can record atmospheric density, how gas bubbles trapped as amygdales in ancient lava flows can record atmospheric pressure, and how channel morphology can be an indicator of flow sustainability (the latter in the context of Mars). I’m also very interested in the topographic evolution of Mars. At Ames, I focus on the latter part of this interest: how rocks can create or contribute to an atmosphere. Specifically, I am investigating the connection between geology, geochemistry, and microbiology in serpentinizing systems, through a combination of field, laboratory and theoretical studies. Deep-sea exploration has been a growing interest of mine, overprinted on the space exploration passion that has fueled my career. To that end, I have been involved with research cruises on-board the r/V Atlantis, and have explored the sea-floor both robotically (ROV Jason), and physically (DSV Alvin).” Source

About Sanjoy:


Ph.D. Planetary Sciences & Astrobiology (University of Washington 2010) and Stanford Ignite (Stanford Graduate School of Business 2012)


Atmospheric geology, Geomorphology, Aqueous Geochemistry, Bioenergetics, Astrobiology Education

Where Dr. Sanjoy Som can be found:

Exobiology BranchNASA Ames Research Centerhttp://spacescience.arc.nasa.gov/&Research Scientist & DirectorBlue Marble Space Institute of Sciencehttp://www.bmsis.org/


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