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Kwabena Duedu on Public Health, Biofuels, and Doing Science in Ghana

Posted by Tyler Ford on Dec 20, 2016 10:30:00 AM

In this episode of the Addgene Podcast, we sit down with Kwabena Duedu, a researcher at the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ghana. He’s done research at a number of institutions in Ghana and most recently got his PhD in cell and molecular biology at the University of Edinburgh where he worked on developing novel systems for bioconversion of cellulosic biomass to useful products under Professor Christopher E. French.


Dr. Duedu was recently awarded plasmids from Addgene as a successful applicant to the Addgene, Seeding Labs Plasmid Grant. For this grant, we’re working with fellow nonprofit, Seeding Labs, to distribute plasmids to researchers in developing regions and thereby accelerate their research. Kwabena came across the plasmid grant in Seeding Lab’s Newsletter and recently visited Cambridge to spend some time learning and doing research at Novartis.

Listen to learn how Kwabena plans to use his research experiences as well as plasmids from Addgene to bring new opportunities to Ghanaian scientists

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Topics: Interview, Synthetic Biology, Podcast

Alex Chavez on MD PhDs, CRISPR, Gene Drives, & More

Posted by Tyler Ford on Nov 15, 2016 10:30:00 AM

In this episode of the Addgene podcast, we sit down with Alex Chavez, a Clinical Fellow in Pathology at Masachusetts General Hospital and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Church and Collins labs at the Wyss institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Alex is the first MD PhD we've had on the podcast, has worked extensively with CRISPR, and recently became a member of the Addgene advisory board where he will help shape Addgene's future. Listen to this episode for insights into the process of getting an MD PhD, the inside scoop on developing new CRISPR tools, and the potential uses of gene drives.

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Topics: Podcast

Grad School Advice Part 2: Building Community

Posted by Tyler Ford on Oct 6, 2016 10:30:00 AM


In this second episode of our two-part series, we continue our conversation with Niroshi Senaratne and Ben Vincent from the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard University and pick their brains on how they've managed to keep themselves happy during their time in grad school
. As you'll learn, grad school has its ups and downs for everyone but you can come out on top if you leverage your community, think hard about picking a good mentor, and begin considering career options early. Tune in for great advice on all of these topics.

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Topics: Career, Science Communication, Podcast, Mentoring for Scientists

Grad School Advice Part 1: Picking a Lab and a Project

Posted by Tyler Ford on Sep 1, 2016 10:30:00 AM

In this two-part series, we sit down to talk with two senior graduate students, Ben Vincent and Niroshi Senaratne, from the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard University to get the scoop on the ups and down of graduate student life. Senior graduate students can sometimes be elusive or have a certain mystique that makes them difficult to approach for the youngster just starting in the lab, but they are exactly the people you should talk to if ruminating the trials and tribulations of the modern PhD program. Don’t be fooled! Most senior graduate students are friendly and full of useful advice. Stay tuned for concrete advice on how to pick a lab and a project.

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Topics: Lab Tips, Career Readiness, Podcast

Podcast: A Malawian Professor's Path to Biotech Research

Posted by Tyler Ford on May 24, 2016 10:30:00 AM


Born to a family in Malawi that pushed science education, Kingdom Kwapata grew up to be one of the best of the best students in his home country. He was selected as one of 600 scholars among 100,000 eligible to attend the University of Malawi where he focused on agricultural engineering through biotech. After graduating with a masters of science in Horticulutre Biotechnology, he did his PhD in Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology at Michigan State University with the backing of a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship. Dr. Kwapata now works as a lecturer in molecular genetics and biotechnology for Horticulture and Forest Crops at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He recently received an award from nonprofit and Addgene collaborator, Seeding Labs, for lab equipment that will help accelerate his research. Listen to learn more about Dr. Kwapata’s current work and thoughts on the need for more scientific collaboration across the globe.

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Topics: Podcast

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