Interviews with Scientists

Dr. Jeramiah Smith  

Jeramiah Smith, Genomicist (May 9, 2018)
In a video interview, genomicist Jeramiah Smith describes the sea lamprey's innovative strategy for avoiding cancer: shedding 20 percent of its genome following development.

Dr. Joel Kralj  

Joel Kralj, Electromicist (February 12, 2018)
In this video interview, Joel Kralj discusses his plan for studying how every protein coded by the genome affects voltage inside of a neuron.

Dr. Sarah Dunsmore  

Sepsis: The Body's Deadly Response to Infection (November 2, 2017)
Program director Sarah Dunsmore describes the deadly medical condition sepsis and the research NIGMS is doing to reduce its impact.

Dr. Angela Depace  

Angela DePace on Science Communication (August 11, 2017)
Systems biologist Angela DePace discusses her research on gene regulation during development, why science communication is important, and how scientists can better communicate their research.

Dr. Hudson Freeze  

Hudson Freeze on Science Communication (August 11, 2017)
Geneticist and FASEB President Hudson Freeze discusses his research into rare genetic disorders related to glycobiology, why it's important for scientists and clinicians to communicate about their research.

Dr. Namandjé Bumpus  

Namandjé Bumpus, Drug Metabolism Maven (July 10, 2017)
Namandjé Bumpus discusses her research into genetic variants of liver enzymes that affect how people metabolize HIV drugs.

Dr. Thomas O'Halloran  

Thomas O'Halloran, Metal Maestro (January 11, 2017)
Thomas O'Halloran discusses the roles of metals in the body with a focus on how zinc regulates egg cell maturation and fertilization.

Dr. Laura Kiessling  

Laura Kiessling, Carbohydrate Scientist (October 19, 2016)
Laura Kiessling describes the carbohydrate coat that covers all cells, how cells use these coats to recognize one another, and how this information is used to design new antimicrobials and other medicines.

Dr. Janet Iwasa  

Janet Iwasa, Molecular Animator (August 29,2016)
Janet Iwasa discusses the process of creating detailed animations that convey the latest thinking of how biological molecules interact.

Dr. Dan Janes  

Evolution and Health: Dr. Dan Janes on the Occasion of Darwin's Birthday (February 12, 2016)
February 12 is Darwin Day, an occasion to recognize the scientific contributions of 19th-century naturalist Charles Darwin. To mark this occasion, NIGMS' Dr. Dan Janes answered questions about Darwin and the role of evolution in health and biomedicine.

Scott Poethig  

NIGMS Grantee Dr. Scott Poethig on Teaching Food Biology (September 29, 2014)
NIGMS grantee Dr. Scott Poethig, a plant biologist at the University of Pennsylvania, describes how he uses the history, culture and politics of food to excite others about science.

Dr. Fred Taylor  

Dr. Fred Taylor on Why Low-Carb Diet is Best (September 2, 2014)
NIGMS' Dr. Fred Taylor talks about new findings that low-carb diets are better for losing weight and protecting the heart than low-fat diets.

NIGMS 50th Anniversary  

Program Participant Perspectives from the NIGMS 50th Anniversary Symposium (October 17, 2012)
NIGMS commemorated its 50th anniversary in 2012 with a scientific symposium and student poster presentations. In this video, event participants discuss their research and careers in science.

Dr. Scott Somers  

NIGMS' Dr. Scott Somers Describes What Happens to the Body After a Serious Physical Injury (September 19, 2012)
NIGMS' Dr. Scott Somers describes the steps that occur when the body is injured.

Dr. Russ Altman  

NIGMS Grantee Dr. Russ Altman on Pharmacogenomics (October 11, 2011)
NIGMS grantee Dr. Russ Altman, a computational biologist at Stanford University, discusses how computational approaches can help us understand interactions between genes and drugs.

Dr. Frieda Reichsman  

NIGMS Grantees Drs. Randy Smith and Frieda Reichsman Discuss Teaching Genetics (May, 2011)
NIGMS grantees Dr. Randy Smith of the Jackson Laboratory and Dr. Frieda Reichsman of the Concord Consortium, use dragons to teach students about complex biological concepts.

Dr. Peter Sorger  

NIGMS Grantee Dr. Peter Sorger on Computational Biology (December, 2010)
NIGMS grantee Dr. Peter Sorger, a systems biologist at Harvard Medical School, discusses how he uses computational methods for his research studies and why he likes science.

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students  

Perspectives from the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students 10th Anniversary, 2010 (November, 2010)
Sponsored by NIGMS, the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students marked its 10th anniversary in 2010. A former NIGMS program director and students share their meeting experiences.

Dr. Kevin Tracey  

NIGMS Grantee Dr. Kevin Tracey on Sepsis (September, 2010)
NIGMS grantee Dr. Kevin Tracey, a neurosurgeon and immunologist at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, talks about how he became interested in studying sepsis and what scientists have learned about the condition.

Dr. Julie Johnson  

NIGMS Grantee Dr. Julie Johnson on How Genes Affect the Way People Respond to Medicines (October, 2009)
NIGMS grantee Dr. Julie Johnson, a clinical pharmacist at the University of Florida, studies how genes affect the way people respond to medicines, specifically those that treat high blood pressure.

Dr. Philip LoGrasso  

NIGMS Grantee Dr. Philip LoGrasso Offers Advice to Young Chemists (July 24, 2009)
NIGMS grantee Dr. Philip LoGrasso, a biochemist at The Scripps Research Institute, describes some of the challenges of working on projects that can take years to succeed and talks about how he has learned to overcome obstacles along the way. He also offers advice to students interested in pursuing a career in chemistry.

Dr. Philip LoGrasso  

NIGMS Grantee Dr. Philip LoGrasso Describes the Drug Discovery Process (July 24, 2009)
NIGMS grantee Dr. Philip LoGrasso, a biochemist at The Scripps Research Institute, describes his typical day at the institute and talks about the long but satisfying process of discovering new drugs.

Dr. Lola Eniola-Adefeso  

NIGMS Grantee Dr. Lola Eniola-Adefeso on Developing New Heart Disease Drugs (May 15, 2009)
NIGMS grantee Dr. Lola Eniola-Adefeso, a chemical engineer at the University of Michigan, describes her research to create artificial white blood cells to deliver medicines to diseased tissues.

Dr. Erik Sorensen  

NIGMS Grantee Dr. Erik Sorensen on Chemistry (May 27, 2008)
NIGMS grantee Dr. Erik Sorensen, a chemist at Princeton University, talks about how and why scientists are trying to make some of the products found in nature.

Dr. Sarah Tishkoff  

NIGMS Grantee Dr. Sarah Tishkoff on Human Genetic Diversity (May 13, 2008)
NIGMS grantee Dr. Sarah Tishkoff, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Pennsylvania, talks about a genetic change that allows adult humans to digest milk.

Dr. Atul Butte  

NIGMS Grantee Dr. Atul Butte on Bioinformatics (October 4, 2007)
NIGMS grantee Dr. Atul Butte, a pediatrician and computer scientist at Stanford University, discusses how computers are giving us a deeper understanding of human disease.