Today, we find ourselves in a major point in history. Research life is not what it looked like just a few months ago. We are sitting down, virtually, with members of the research community to hear about their research life in the here and now, and the potential impact they see on the future.
In this episode, I continue to explore research life under lockdown, this time from the perspective of Comzit Opachaloemphan, an international PhD Student at the New York University School of Medicine. We discuss how the pandemic may impact the completion of Comzit’s PhD and the benefits new online courses are providing him.
These are the stories of science, research and the research landscape in unprecedented times.
Guest: Comzit Opachaloemphan
PhD Student, NYU School of Medicine
An international PhD student from Thailand, Comzit earned his undergraduate’s degree in biology. He is currently conducting his PhD study in the lab of Prof. Danny Reinberg, PhD, at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. His research mainly focuses on ant epigenetics and rejuvenation.
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A social hierarchy in most ants is rigid and immutable, but in the Indian jumping ant, the caste system is extremely flexible and reversible. An adult ant worker with a short lifespan can differentiate into the reproductive pseudo-queen and gain up to a 5X increase in lifespan. This transition is unique and contradicts the aging dogma in most other animals, which exhibits a trade-off between lifespan and reproduction. His research goal is to find a key to the remarkable aging plasticity.
Host: Giacomo Mancini, PhD
Lead Host, Research 2030 podcast series, Elsevier
Dr. Giacomo Mancini is a Business Development Manager at Elsevier and lead host of Elsevier’s Research 2030 podcast series. He received his PhD in Developmental and Evolutionary Biology from New York University and has a vast amount of research experience, having held positions as a scientist and Research Associate at Johnson & Johnson and Mount Sinai Innovative Partners.
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While he’s passionate about analytics and bibliometrics, you may also find him reading the sports section of fivethirtyeight.com or tracking MLB player statistics on baseball reference.com. Go Mets!
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