Sophie is a Ph.D. student, British Heart Foundation, at St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, England. Sophie studied Biomedical Sciences at the University of Oxford, graduating in 2015. She specialised in aspects of cell signalling and cardiovascular biology, and has worked for short stints in cardiovascular research labs in the UK, Norway and Australia.
Her interests with regard to research probably focus on cardiovascular biology, however, she is a pro at blabbing about anything she finds interesting, a requirement to host at Blue Streak.
Along with her friend Helen, Sophie runs the bloody brilliant blog called BioDetectives, winner of “Best Student Science Blog” by the Association of British Science Writers. Sophie and Helen set up BioDetectives in 2104 to follow science stories around the world, while making their topics accessible and engaging. A visit to this site is a must!
Nevena is a last year grad student in Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in Brussels, Belgium. She has always been fascinated with the advances of Biotechnology and biological engineering. She’s a passionate science communicator in the making, more often on her blog at www.incubatorium.wordpress.com.
Growing up in Bulgaria, she did her undergrad in Sofia University in biotechnology. Her love for plant science and the interest in feed and food production let her spend two years of her undergrad as a lab volunteer in a plant abiotic stress lab working with resurrection plants. Later she moved to Helsinki, Finland for her Master's Degree in plant genomics and Biotechnology of Natural resources. She worked on a plant-pathogen interactions in her Master’s thesis, focusing on a fungal species (H. annosum) which destroys the conifer forests in the north from Canada through Scandinavia, to China.
Nevena is currently in the process of graduating as a Doctor in structural and molecular biology, studying the molecular interactions of Late Embryogenesis Abundant proteins from plants and their enzyme clients, which they protect against abiotically induced deactivation. The ultimate goal is to understand the molecular details of yet another way some plants employ in order to survive severe drought, heat, cold or salt stress. She’s combining this with a postgraduate degree in science communication and outreach.
Tom Di Liberto
Tom (@TDiLiberto) is a meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center and a science writer at NOAA’s Climate.gov. When he is not attempting to explain climate science concepts without the use of scientific jargon, he is researching and forecasting the El Nino and La Nina.
Previously, Tom has worked as a weather observer at airports around New York City where he has single-handedly brought airports to a stop because of bad weather. He apologizes but it was for your own safety. Tom was also named America’s Scientist Idol in 2013 after winning a competition held at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He has since given many well-received, humorous, informal science talks on weather and climate across the United States. Most recently, Tom served as emcee at the U.S. Department of States U.S. Center at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP21 in Paris in 2015 and will continue in this role at COP22, to be held in Marrakech, Morocco in 2016. As emcee, he led the U.S. government’s public outreach space, the US Center, during the negotiations introducing over 30 events with panelists much more important that himself including U.S. cabinet members, politicians, business leaders and scientists.
Outside of work, Tom can still be found looking at the clouds while walking around the great outdoors. He enjoys biking around his home in Washington DC and taking advantage of the many free museums that dot the Washington DC landscape. And if you’re nice, he will also provide free weather forecasts on demand.
<—– This guy. Oh, and can those circa 1974 sunglasses be on any more crooked? He's got nice hair, though.
J.D. is a recently retired enologist (wine science) with way too much time on his hands. In a former life he…oh, screw it. I'm the one writing this and I can't talk about my self in the third person without feeling like a complete nitwit.
Yes, I recently retired from winemaking/enology. In the past 20 years I have only missed one winegrape harvest. I finally get to go hiking in the mountains in autumn!
In previous iterations of myself I have been a professional eco-tour leader, and a vascular cell biologist. I also did a four year hitch in the Navy, where we whistled a lot and danced with our mops.
However, today my world revolves around science communication and the Blue Streak Science Podcast. Now that I have a little more time we are going all in with this project.
So, stay tuned and remember…follow the science!