MTE: How Mail is Delivered Inside a Cell with Dr. Schekman
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On this episode of “Meet the Experts” we have the honor of interviewing Dr. Schekman, the 2013 Noble Prize in Physiology or Medicine recipient for the discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic.  We hope this episode inspires all of those pursuing their passions in biology or related field.


Questions & Time Stamps

2:02 – Could you describe the work that you did, which led to the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine?

4:50 – What medical breakthroughs were made possible by research about the movement of things inside the cell?

6:58 – The shipping of things inside a cell has been described as a postal system, similar to the United States Postal Service. Could you explain how this is possible?

8:24 – What are current challenges and future frontiers in studying membrane biology?

10:36 – How does studying membranes in cells help us stop viruses and infectious agents?

12:58 – We are used to hearing about the DNA code in living organisms, but what about membranes? Are there code-like patterns in membranes of cells? How might this code actually be more complex than DNA?

14:25 – Can you describe your educational journey starting from high school?

18:24 – If there is any playful trash-talking that you want to do towards a colleague or competitor, you can say it now and we’ll be happy to invite them on the show to respond.

19:43 – What advice do you have for current high school students who want a career in molecular & cell biology?

22:49 – Your career was the academic research route, but what other routes are there for people who want to work in the life sciences?

25:05 – Were there times in your educational path in which you felt inadequate or wanted to quit?

26:58 – You have a passion for supporting public higher education. Why is that?

30:37 – Listener Question: What is Alzheimer’s Disease and how are cell membranes involved in the development of this disease?

33:19 – Listener Question: How does a high school student go about working in a lab with a professor such as yourself?

35:49 – Listener Question: As a high school student who is interested in studying membranes, what major should I study in college?

37:40 – Listener Question: I’m a big fan of your yeast research. I heard that yeast can be used to produce clean energy. How much of this do you know?

40:05 – Listener Question: Can high school students volunteer in research laboratories outside of universities? How can research in membranes help against cancer or diabetes?

43:48 – Listener Question: Do you use computers in your research? If you do, in what ways are you using the computational power?

45:18 – Listener Question: Do you see the biosciences and computational sciences merging? Will future students in your lab have to do computational work?

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