MicrobeTV

MicrobeTVI started my first podcast, This Week in Virology, in September 2008, together with Dickson Despommier, father of the Vertical Farm. Although I viewed the creation of a science podcast as an experiment, I was surprised when people began to listen. Since then I have created five other podcasts, scattered at different websites. Now you can find all of them at MicrobeTV.

MicrobeTV is a podcast network for people who are interested in the life sciences. More specifically, the podcasts of MicrobeTV use conversations among scientists as teaching tools. Although I have been a research scientist my entire career, I have also had opportunities to teach graduate students, medical students, and undergraduate students. A long time ago I realized that I love to teach, and my podcasts are the outside-the-classroom expression of that sentiment.

My original idea behind TWiV was to teach virology to the broader public by recording conversations among scientists. The success of this approach led me to create This Week in Parasitism, This Week in Microbiology, Urban Agriculture, and This Week in Evolution, all of which can now be found at MicrobeTV.

You may ask why I do so many podcasts. The answer is simple – because I love talking about science and teaching others about this amazing field that makes our lives better. I could not do all these podcasts without my terrific co-hosts. I am also grateful to the American Society for Microbiology for their assistance and support for many years, especially Chris Condayan and Ray Ortega and the Communications Department.

MicrobeTV is the home for all of the podcasts that I have produced (and there are more to come!). But I’d also like to use MicrobeTV as a platform to showcase other science shows. The requirements are few: you should be passionate about your subject, you should have a great relationship with your audience, and your podcast audio must be excellent. If you are interested in joining MicrobeTV, send a note to shows@microbe.tv.

MicrobeTV – Science Shows by Scientists.

This Week in microbiology, parasitism, and virology

In the past five days we released three science shows on the TWi* network.

On This Week in Microbiology (TWiM) episode #51, Vincent, Michael, and Elio meet up with Hazel Barton to talk about cave microbiology.

On This Week in Parasitism (TWiP) episode #51, special guest Anthony A. James joins Vincent and Dickson to discuss how mosquitoes can be genetically modified to control infectious diseases.

On This Week in Virology (TWiV) episode #222, the complete TWiV team discusses the amazing finding that cyclic GMP-AMP synthase is a cytosolic innate immune DNA sensor.

Thanks for listening.

TWiP 41: Flying and crawling beasts

On episode #41 of the science show This Week in Parasitism, Vincent and Dickson review medically important arthropods.

You can find TWiP #41 at microbeworld.org/twip.

TWiP 38: How to Trichomonas

On episode #38 of the science show This Week in Parasitism, Vincent and Dickson tackle the backlog of listener email, then consider the life cycle and pathogenesis of Trichomonas vaginalis, the flagellated protozoan transmitted by sexual contact.

You can find TWiP #38 at microbeworld.org/twip.

TWiP 32: Evasive trypanosomes and schistosomes

t cruzi and  nfkbHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson discuss immune evasion by the cruzain protease of T. cruzi, and novel tetraspanin antigens of S. japonicum.

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TWiP 31: A malaria vaccine

p.falciparum life cycleHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson discuss the promising results of a phase III trial of a malaria vaccine in African children.

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TWiP 30: Global infectious disease control with Charles Knirsch

Charles KnirschHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson have a broad-ranging conversation with Charles Knirsch of Pfizer, Inc. about how public-private partnerships can function to control and eliminate infectious diseases.

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TWiP 29: Neglected tropical diseases with Peter Hotez

hotez and clintonHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson converse with Peter Hotez about global health, vaccinology, and neglected tropical diseases.

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TWiP 28: Medical entomology with Robert W. Gwadz

anopheles gambiaeHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

On episode #28 of the podcast This Week in Parasitism, Vincent and Dickson discuss medical entomology with Robert W. Gwadz, Assistant Chief of the Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research at NIAID.

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Dickson Despommier’s Parasitic Diseases lectures

dickson despommierProfessor Dickson Despommier, co-host of TWiV and TWiP, and well known for his ideas about vertical farming, taught parasitology to medical, dental, and nursing students at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons for 38 years. Below are videocasts of the six lectures from the final version of his course, Parasitic Diseases, which he taught in the fall of 2009. These are excellent companions to the first 27 episodes of TWiP, which explore the basics of eukaryotic parasites including protozoa, nematodes, cestodes, and trematodes.

Parasitic Diseases Fall 2009 – videocasts
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Lecture 1: Nematodes I – Enterobius, Trichuris, Ascaris, Toxocara (19 MB .mov)
Lecture 2: Nematodes II – Hookworm, Strongyloides (18 MB .mov)
Lecture 3: Cestodes – Taenia, Echinococcus (Joshua Stillman, MD) (19 MB .mov)
Lecture 4: Trematodes – Schistosoma (17 MB .mov)
Lecture 5: The Malarias (19 MB .mov)
Lecture 6: Protozoa – Giardia, Entamoeba, Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora (16 MB .mov)