S2E5: Jorge Ramos, PhD, Assoc. Dir. for Environmental Ed, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University

Dr. Jorge Ramos is the Associate Director for Environmental Education at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve of Stanford University. Jorge earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Science degree at the University of Washington. He then completed his PhD at Arizona State University whereContinue reading “S2E5: Jorge Ramos, PhD, Assoc. Dir. for Environmental Ed, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University”

S2E4: Shane Campbell-Staton, PhD, Assistant Professor, Princeton University

Dr. Shane Campbell-Staton is an Assistant Professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at Princeton University. Shane’s research looks at how human actions contribute to contemporary evolution of animals, including elephants, wolves, alligators, and anoles. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, his PhD from Harvard University, and did his post-doctoralContinue reading “S2E4: Shane Campbell-Staton, PhD, Assistant Professor, Princeton University”

S2E3: Bryan Juarez, PhD, NSF Postdoc, Stanford University

This week on the podcast we are hearing from our first post-doc, Bryan Juarez. Bryan is a fellow amphibian-loving scientist who received his bachelors degree from UC Santa Barbara, his masters degree from the University of Michigan, and most recently his PhD from Iowa State University. After finishing his PhD, Bryan started a postdoc atContinue reading “S2E3: Bryan Juarez, PhD, NSF Postdoc, Stanford University”

S2E2: Lauren O’Connell, PhD, Assistant Professor, Stanford University

Dr. Lauren O’Connell is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Stanford University. She received an associates degree from Tarrant County Community College before transferring to Cornell University where she received her bachelors degree. Lauren then completed her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and after that she went to Harvard whereContinue reading “S2E2: Lauren O’Connell, PhD, Assistant Professor, Stanford University”

Season 2 Episode 1: Michael Snyder, PhD, Stanford Ascherman Professor and Chair of Genetics Department, Stanford University

We’re back for season 2! For our first episode of the season, we’re hearing from Dr. Michael Snyder. He is the Stanford Ascherman Professor and Chair of Genetics and the Director of the Center of Genomics and Personalized Medicine at Stanford University. Mike received his Ph.D. training at the California Institute of Technology and carriedContinue reading “Season 2 Episode 1: Michael Snyder, PhD, Stanford Ascherman Professor and Chair of Genetics Department, Stanford University”

Episode 11: Priscilla San Juan

“Try a bunch of stuff, and see which avenue you like the best.“ Priscilla San Juan is a PhD candidate in Tad Fukami’s lab in the Biology Department at Stanford University. Priscilla is interested in the gut microbiome of wildlife and the impact that human activity is having on those microbial communities and the healthContinue reading “Episode 11: Priscilla San Juan”

Episode 10: Nia Walker

“I can’t count on validation to come from someone else, it has to come from myself.” Nia Walker is a fourth year PhD candidate in Steve Palumbi’s lab at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station.  Nia has been interested in marine science since doing a fourth grade squid dissection. Nia’s love of marine science continued onContinue reading “Episode 10: Nia Walker”

Episode 9: Rebecca Hwang

“You are your own most important advocate – you’ve got to be on your own team.” Rebecca Hwang is an electrical engineer working at Anello Photonics. Rebecca started at Stanford as an electrical engineering PhD student, but isn’t totally sure that a PhD is for her, which is something we talk about quite a bitContinue reading “Episode 9: Rebecca Hwang”

Episode 8: Chris Perez

“Start early, pick your friends wisely, [and] identify mentors.” Chris Perez is a fourth year graduate student in the NanoHeat Lab (PI Kenneth Goodson) in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University. Chris started his engineering journey many years ago, helping his dad fix things around the house, and when he realized he might wantContinue reading “Episode 8: Chris Perez”

Episode 7: Aurora Alvarez-Buylla

“Science is awesome, but life comes first.” Aurora Alvarez-Buylla is a fourth year graduate student in the Laboratory of Organismal Biology at Stanford University, studying how poison frogs take up toxins from their diet to become toxic themselves. In this episode, we talk with Aurora about how she transitioned from wanting to be an astronomerContinue reading “Episode 7: Aurora Alvarez-Buylla”

Episode 6: Billie Goolsby

“This gives you a unique perspective as a scientist that’s actually really important…it’s not you overcoming these challenges, but more like you make science better.” Billie Goolsby is a second year graduate student in the Laboratory of Organismal Biology at Stanford University, studying how poison frogs co-parent their offspring. Before going to college, Billie knewContinue reading “Episode 6: Billie Goolsby”

Episode 4: Nora Moskowitz

“Therapy is a tool that I use that actually helps me both feel better and excel at my work.”  Nora Moskowitz is a third year PhD candidate in the Laboratory of Organismal Biology at Stanford University, where she studies dietary preference in poison frogs. Nora is a huge proponent of mental wellbeing both in herContinue reading “Episode 4: Nora Moskowitz”

Episode 3: Daniel Shaykevich

“I think the other lesson I learned was that science needs good storytelling as part of it.”  Daniel Shaykevich is a third year graduate student in the biology department at Stanford University and a talented filmmaker who incorporates science into his art and art into his science. Daniel tells us about how he has gottenContinue reading “Episode 3: Daniel Shaykevich”

Episode 2: Magdalena Warren

“It doesn’t matter what your background is or who your parents are or what the color of your skin is, you can do whatever it is you want to do.” Magdalena (Maggie) Warren is a third year PhD student in the biology department at Stanford University, and also the co-host of this podcast! Maggie tellsContinue reading “Episode 2: Magdalena Warren”

Episode 1: Introduction to Roots to STEM

This our first ever episode of the Roots to STEM podcast, a podcast where we talk to scientists about the paths they’ve taken to get where they are today. In this episode, we discuss how Steph came up with the idea for this podcast and how Maggie got involved along the way. We also talkContinue reading “Episode 1: Introduction to Roots to STEM”