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This Week in Microbiology

vincentThis Week in Microbiology (TWiM) is a podcast about unseen life on Earth hosted by Vincent Racaniello and friends. Following in the path of his successful shows 'This Week in Virology' (TWiV) and 'This Week in Parasitism' (TWiP), Racaniello and guests produce an informal yet informative conversation about microbes which is accessible to everyone, no matter what their science background.

As a science Professor at Columbia University, Racaniello has spent his academic career directing a research laboratory focused on viruses. His enthusiasm for teaching inspired him to reach beyond the classroom using new media. TWiM is for everyone who wants to learn about the science of microbiology in a casual way.

While there are no exams or pop quizzes, TWiM does encourage interaction with the audience via comments on specific episodes (below), vial email and voicemail at 908-312-0760. Listeners can also use MicrobeWorld to suggest topics for the show by submitting articles or papers to the site and tagging them with "TWiM". Each week Racaniello will view the tagged content and select items for discussion.

TWiM co-hosts include Elio SchaechterMichael Schmidt, and Michele Swanson.

Music used on TWiM is composed and performed by Ronald Jenkees and used with permission.

TWiM #145: Anything but Academic

Vincent meets up with Catharine Bosio, Michael Merchlinsky, and Shilpa Gadwal at the ASM Biothreats meeting to talk about careers for scientists outside of the ivory tower.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Catharine Bosio, Michael J Merchlinsky, and Shilpa Gadwal

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TWiM #144: Did eukaryotes invent anything?

The TWiMers discuss how changes in domestic laundering affect the removal of microorganisms, and assembly of a nucleus-like structure during viral replication in bacteria.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Michele Swanson.

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TWiM #143: E-scaffolds and receptor transfer

Vincent, Michael, and Michele explain the use of an electrochemical gradient to eliminate bacterial biofilms, and how phage susceptibility can be transferred by exchange of receptor proteins.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Michele Swanson.

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TWiM #142: A membrane-thickness caliper

Vincent, Elio and Michele wind up a year of microbial podcasts with a story about the lack of resistance to a crop antifungal compound, and how a bacterium uses a molecular caliper to measure membrane thickness.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter, and Michele Swanson.

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TWiM #141: Nutritional immunity and polymicrobial infections

Jennifer joins Vincent, Elio, and Michael to talk about the work of her laboratory on how a respiratory virus enhances bacterial growth by dysregulating nutritional immunity.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter, and Michael Schmidt.For TWiM141

Guest: Jennifer Bomberger

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TWiM 140: Small town, big science

At the Hamilton, Montana Performing Arts Center, Vincent speaks with three local high school graduates and two high school teachers about how Rocky Mountain Laboratories influenced school science programs and opened up career opportunities.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Marie Antonioli, Bryan Hansen, Forrest Jessop, Kyle Shifflet and Jim Striebel

 

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TWiM #139: Frackibacter and sticky fingers

The TWiM team discusses microbial DNA found on ATM machines in New York City, and how hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, alters microbial ecosystems deep in the Earth.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, Elio Schaechter, and Michele Swanson.

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TWiM #138: Learning to love uranium and the A-baum

The TWiM team brings you a bacterium from a Colorado field site that grows on uranium, and copper resistance in the emerging pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii.

Hosts: 

Vincent Racaniello, Michael SchmidtElio Schaechter, and Michele Swanson.a-baumannii

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TWiM #137: The battle for oxygen

Highlights of the Recent Advances in Microbial Control meeting in San Diego, and expansion of a gut pathogen by virulence factors that stimulate aerobic respiration.

Hosts: 

Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter, Michael Schmidt, and Michele Swanson. Crypts in the colonic epithelium.

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TWiM #136: Diderms and then monoderms

The TWiM team discusses the importance of neutrophils in microbial infections, and evidence that ancient bacteria had two cell walls.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter, Michael Schmidt, and Michele Swanson.deerblossom

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