School of Medicine faculty educate, entertain on ‘Science Friday’

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Beatriz Carreno, PhD, associate professor of medicine, prepares to go on the air with “Science Friday,” the syndicated radio show broadcast on National Public Radio affiliates. From a School of Medicine studio, she was a featured guest on the show Friday, April 3. (Photo: E. Holland Durando)

In the past six months, Washington University School of Medicine faculty have made four appearances on “Science Friday,” the award-winning radio show hosted by Ira Flatow and broadcast on public radio stations nationwide.

On Friday, April 3, Beatriz Carreno, PhD, became the latest when she discussed research involving the use of personalized melanoma vaccines to marshal a powerful immune response against unique mutations in patients’ tumors. The findings the associate professor of medicine talked about stem from early data in a first-in-people clinical trial at the School of Medicine. Visit the Science Friday website to hear the broadcast.

Other recent “Science Friday” shows that focused on Washington University research featured:

  • Audrey Odom, PhD, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics and of molecular microbiology, talking March 27 about her research into how the malaria parasite attracts mosquitoes with perfume of sorts;
  • And, in keeping with Halloween, Sanjeev Bhalla, MD, professor of radiology and chief of cardiothoracic imaging, talking Oct. 31 about a university research team’s scans of three Egyptian mummies. The effort to uncover information about the mummies without uncovering the mummies themselves was a collaboration of the School of Medicine, the university’s Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, and the Saint Louis Art Museum.
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