Episode 12 | Marlene Turner: Accelerating particles in plasmaParticle accelerators aren’t just a part of theoretical research, they play a big role in the science of our everyday lives, such as powering the machines used for cancer radiotherapy or allowing us to “see” the atomic structure of COVID-19 antibodies. Physicist Marlene Turner explains why the new generation of plasma-based accelerators are smaller, better, and faster than ever.
Episode 11 | Michael Whittaker: Sustainably sourcing lithiumBerkeley Lab Research Scientist Michael Whittaker develops tools and methods to view mineral resources in new ways, zooming in to the level of atoms to inspire ideas that will help transition towards sustainable extraction of critical elements like lithium.
Episode 10 | Mariam Kiran: AI for better networkingBerkeley Lab Research Scientist Mariam Kiran uses deep reinforcement learning and innovative multi-objective optimization techniques to train network controllers to predict network traffic and improve traffic engineering.
Episode 9 | Thomas Eng: Creating sustainable plasticResearch Scientist and Deputy Director of Host Engineering at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) Thomas Eng is using the gene editing tool CRISPR to create a more sustainable plastic.
Episode 8 | Lauren Lui: Observing the microbial genomeProject Scientist Lauren Lui is using the latest bioinformatics technology to study the genes of these immensely bountiful & diverse microbes so we can learn how they shape the environment – and how we could harness them for agriculture, medicine, and more.
Episode 6 | Jason Cooper: Harnessing energy from the sunBerkeley Lab Research Scientist Jason Cooper talks about the process of artificial photosynthesis and how it’s used to convert sunlight into liquid chemical fuels.
Episode 4 | Jonelle Basso: Deciphering the plant microbiomeBerkeley Lab Postdoc Researcher Jonelle Basso is getting to the root of plant-microbe interactions which can lead to more efficient and sustainable crops that produce food, plant-based biofuels, and bioproducts.