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The Struggling Scientists

Suzanne and Jayron

Welcome everyone to the Struggling Scientists Podcast. This is a podcast by Scientists, for Scientists. But also for aspiring Scientists, anyone science adjacent and perhaps even hobbyists. Together we will be trying to bring back the fun in science. We all know the scientific field can be difficult and hard at times and it is easy to lose sight of our passion and enthusiasm. In this podcast we will talk about the good, the bad, the drama, the ridiculousness and also success and failure in a hopefully fun and enjoyable way. Sometimes life as a PhDer can feel like a soap opera and having some fun with that is what we want to do.

Website: thestrugglingscientists.com


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Episode 33: Invited Scientist Dr. Dave Speijer- Symbiogenesis, the evolution of eukaryotes
Yesterday
Episode 33: Invited Scientist Dr. Dave Speijer- Symbiogenesis, the evolution of eukaryotes
Today we invited dr Dave Speijer again, to talk about some science with us! We talk about one of his favorite topics, namely evolution, and this time specifically about Symbiogenesis the evolution of eukaryotes.If you have any comments, questions, suggestions, papers we really need to read, or other content you would like to share. You can reach us via our website: thestrugglingscientists.com or email address: thestrugglingscientists@hotmail.comAlso, check out our website for our amazing new merch!
Episode 33: Invited Scientist Dr. Dave Speijer- Symbiogenesis, the evolution of eukaryotes
Yesterday
Episode 33: Invited Scientist Dr. Dave Speijer- Symbiogenesis, the evolution of eukaryotes
Today we invited dr Dave Speijer again, to talk about some science with us! We talk about one of his favorite topics, namely evolution, and this time specifically about Symbiogenesis the evolution of eukaryotes.If you have any comments, questions, suggestions, papers we really need to read, or other content you would like to share. You can reach us via our website: thestrugglingscientists.com or email address: thestrugglingscientists@hotmail.comAlso, check out our website for our amazing new merch!
Episode 32: Cutting Edge Research?!?... Science News!
Jun 13 2022
Episode 32: Cutting Edge Research?!?... Science News!
Today we are back with another cutting Edge research episode. But instead of talking in detail about one paper, we are going to discuss a broad range of papers that made it into the Scientific news recently. We will discuss:Nasal Vaccines against Covid-19Scientists grew human skin on a robot fingerSleep-deprived mosquitos prefer sleeping over eatingIbruprofen in combination with two commonly used drugs can cause kidney damageThe first look at the black hole at the center of our milky wayScientists grew the first plants in real moon dirtDog breeds are a surprisingly poor predictor of behaviorA moms voice has a special place in kids' brains, but not in teensSilent genetic mutations are not as innocent as long thoughtIf you have any questions, comments or suggestions please contact us via our website: thestrugglingscientists.com or email: thestrugglingscientists@hotmail.comAlso, check out our merch!
Episode 31: The Science/PhD Life.... Going to an International Congress
May 30 2022
Episode 31: The Science/PhD Life.... Going to an International Congress
This week Suzanne went to an international congress in Milan. We talk about her experiences, Milan, the conference, and her colleagues almost dying. You know, typical PhD stuff!If you have any questions/ comments/ suggestions or papers we really need to read contact us via thestrugglingscientists@hotmail.comAlso, check out our website for more information and our awesome merch!!
Episode 30. Cutting-Edge Research?!? ... Screaming at Rats causes fertility issues
May 17 2022
Episode 30. Cutting-Edge Research?!? ... Screaming at Rats causes fertility issues
Do you ever wonder what other subjects you could have studied during your PhD? Well, this Podcast is here to tell you all about the cutting-edge research you could have done! And today we discuss a paper that was just published, where researchers screamed at rats for 3 weeks and found that this causes fertility issues. Intrigued? Then definitely listen to us discussing this paper.If you have any comments, questions, suggestions, papers we need to read, or science you really want to come tell us about on the podcast. Definitely reach out to us!thestrugglingscientists.comthestrugglingscientists@hotmail.com
Episode 29: Career talks... How to start a Start-up
May 2 2022
Episode 29: Career talks... How to start a Start-up
In this episode we talked with the CEO and CTO of a startup in Switzerland, named Bigomics. We interviewed them about what it was like to start your own company. They talk about their journey and have some nice tips for future entrepeneurs.Career talks is a collaboration between The Struggling Scientists and the Alumni association Bio-medical Sciences of the University of AmsterdamIf you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Please reach out to us via our website: thestrugglingscientists.com or email address: thestrugglingscientists@hotmail.com
Episode 28: The Science Life.... Relaxing after the PhD
Apr 18 2022
Episode 28: The Science Life.... Relaxing after the PhD
Today we have another science life episode. We all know it is important to relax and unwind after a long day of the PhD life. But how do you do this? We discuss meditation, mindfulness, hobbies, and how our colleagues and fans relax after work!If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, science art, papers we definitly need to read contact us via our website or emailthestrugglingscientists.com thestrugglingscientists@hotmail.com
Episode 27: Cutting Edge Research?!?..... Can you gamefy your way into Nature?
Apr 4 2022
Episode 27: Cutting Edge Research?!?..... Can you gamefy your way into Nature?
Today we discuss a very interesting paper recently published in Nature. This paper proposes that people that grew up in the city are less good at navigating than people who grew up in the countryside. And even more excitingly they investigated this in a very interesting way... with a mobile game! Listen to this episode to learn more!Paper: Entropy of city street networks linked to future spatial navigation abilityby Coutrot et al., 2022 DOI: you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or papers we really need to read definitely reach out to us! Email: thestrugglingscientists@hotmail.comwebsite: thestrugglingscientists.com
Episode 26: The Science Life.. Our experience as 4th year PhDs
Mar 21 2022
Episode 26: The Science Life.. Our experience as 4th year PhDs
Today we talk about life as a 4th year PhD student and reflect back on all the struggles throughout the years. What did we enjoy, regret, expected during this PhD. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please contact us via our website: thestrugglingscientists.com or our email address thestrugglingscientists@hotmail.comYou find us on Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, and Facebook as TheStrugglingScientists!
Episode 25: Cutting Edge Research?!?.... Obesity Accelerates Hair Thinning
Feb 28 2022
Episode 25: Cutting Edge Research?!?.... Obesity Accelerates Hair Thinning
Today we discuss a Nature paper from Morinaga et al., They wrote a really interesting paper that is called Obesity Accelerates Hair Thinning by Stem Cell-Centric Converging Mechanisms.They show quite convincingly that obesity is a risk factor for baldness and the mechanism behind this. We discuss what we learned reading this paper and discuss it.If you have any questions/comments/suggestions or papers we need to read you can reach us via our website: thestrugglingscientists.comOr on almost all social media as The Struggling Scientists
Episode 24: The Science Life..... Talking with PhD advisors
Feb 14 2022
Episode 24: The Science Life..... Talking with PhD advisors
Today we talked with 2 PhD advisors from the AUMC doctoral school, Jordy and Mandy. They coach and advise PhD students in our institute and help them with the problems they face. We talked about their work, the most common PhD problems, and what they would advise. Do you have a problem during your PhD, definitely check out if your institute has something similar!Follow their blog on: or follow their LinkedIn: you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or amazing Science we need to know about. You can reach us via our website: thestrugglingscientists.com or our email address: thestrugglingscientists@hotmail.com
Episode 23: The Science Behind ..... Cold Showers!
Jan 31 2022
Episode 23: The Science Behind ..... Cold Showers!
You might have heard that taking a short cold shower has health benefits. We heard things like increased metabolism, more energy, and helps with weight loss. But this made us wonder, is there actually a scientific basis for this? So we decided that it was time for us to dive into the world of Scientific Research about Cold Showers. Curious about what we found? Listen to this fun episode!If you have questions, comments, ideas, papers we missed, or research that we definitely need to read?Contact us via our website: thestrugglingscientists.comor via our email: thestrugglingscientists@hotmail.com
Episode 22: First author talks..... with Denise van Uden about her Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension paper
Jan 17 2022
Episode 22: First author talks..... with Denise van Uden about her Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension paper
In the First Author Talks series we talk with first authors about their papers, the Struggles to get to this point and about life as a Scientist.In this episode, we invited our good friend Denise van Uden to talk about her life as a PhDer and all the struggles that came with publishing her first first-author paper.Paper: Central Role of Dendritic Cells in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Human and Mice.10.3390/ijms22041756For updates, questions or comments please reach us on:email: thestrugglingscientists@hotmail.comwebsite: thestrugglingscientists.comor any of our social media platforms!
Episode 21: Invited Scientist international FameLab winner Alex Cloherty
Jan 3 2022
Episode 21: Invited Scientist international FameLab winner Alex Cloherty
In this first episode of the year, we talked with Alex Cloherty. She won the international Famelab competition for science communication in 2021! We talked with her about this competition and about science communication in general. She has a really nice blog Microbial Mondays and a Youtube channel Alexgoesviral. Check her out if you are interested in learning more about microbes, from bacteria to viruses to fungi.www.microbialmondays.comwww.youtube.com/user/alex1492cloIf you have any questions, comments, or suggestions you can reach us via thestrugglingscientists@hotmail.com. Also check out our website: thestrugglingscientists.com and our social media for the best science memes!
Episode 20: Christmas Crossover with the Grad School Confessional Podcast
Dec 20 2021
Episode 20: Christmas Crossover with the Grad School Confessional Podcast
For this Christmas special, we decided to make a crossover podcast with two other podcasting scientists. dr Yoah Sui and Ana Sui from the Grad School Confessional Podcast based in Canada.We talked about the differences between doing a PhD in the Netherlands and doing a PhD in Canada.Be sure to check out the Grad School Confessional Podcast on your favorite streaming platform!If you have questions, comments or suggestions please contact us via our website thestrugglingscientists.com or our email address thestrugglingscientists@hotmail.com
Episode 19: Cutting Edge Research?!?..... Butt-Breathing
Dec 6 2021
Episode 19: Cutting Edge Research?!?..... Butt-Breathing
In this episode of our cutting-edge research series, we talk about a very interesting paper: Mammalian enteral ventilation ameliorates respiratory failure. Or as many people call it now Butt-Breathing! A super interesting paper that is at the same time pretty funny. you have any questions/comments/suggestions please let us know via our website or email address. You can also follow us on all major social media platforms!thestrugglingscientists.com
Episode 18: Invited Scientist Dr. Dave Speijer- Does other intelligent life exist in the universe?
Nov 22 2021
Episode 18: Invited Scientist Dr. Dave Speijer- Does other intelligent life exist in the universe?
In the new invited scientist series, we invite scientists to talk with us about their favorite subjects. In this episode, we spoke to Dr. Dave Speijer about how likely it is that there is other intelligent life in the universe.Dr. Dave Speijer is an expert in the field of Molecular evolution and Mitochondrial research. Now he might not know this but he was also one of the inspirations for us to start this podcast. Let's listen to Dave Speijer and his chosen subject.If you have any comments/questions please visit our website:thestrugglingscientists.com
Episode 17: The Science Behind... Dreaming in Black and White
Nov 8 2021
Episode 17: The Science Behind... Dreaming in Black and White
Today we discuss the Science behind Dreaming in Black and White. We never knew there is actually a percentage of people that dream in black and white. So when we learned about this we wanted to know more! In this episode, we dive into the science behind dreaming and talk about what is known about dreaming in black and white.For any comments or questions you can reach out to us via our website or email:thestrugglingscientists.com and thestrugglingscientists@hotmail.comAlso, find us on Social Media! You can find us as The Struggling Scientists on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
Episode 16: The Science Life... Why do I love doing a PhD?
Oct 25 2021
Episode 16: The Science Life... Why do I love doing a PhD?
We have highlighted the Struggles of doing a PhD many times before. However, there are also so many amazing sides to doing a PhD that, at times, fade a bit to the background. Today I felt it was necessary to unapologetically tell you about why I love doing a PhD. Find us via: thestrugglingscientists.com
Episode 15: Cutting Edge Research?! The Mozart effect in Epilepsy.
Oct 11 2021
Episode 15: Cutting Edge Research?! The Mozart effect in Epilepsy.
Today we discuss a paper by Quon et al., (2021) that has been recently promoted on the Nature Facebook page, namely: Musical components important for the Mozart K448 effect in epilepsy.This paper shows a beneficial effect of Mozart K448 for 2 pianos in D major for patients with epilepsy. We were very interested in how this worked and decided to read more about this Mozart effect. Listen to us discussing this very interesting paper!Check out our website for the link to the paper: thestrugglingscientists.comAlso follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Linkedin!
Episode 14: Tips For Future PhDs... Part 3. Tips for During the Application Process
Sep 27 2021
Episode 14: Tips For Future PhDs... Part 3. Tips for During the Application Process
This is the third part of our miniseries with tips for future PhD students. We talk about how to get the most out of the application process. This is not only your time to apply for the position but also your time to find out if this specific position is a good fit for you!Also check out Part 1 where we discuss if a PhD is something you should do, and Part 2 where we discuss how to find a PhD position.If you have questions or comments please reach out to us via our website: thestrugglingscientists.com. Here you also find the complete list of our tips.