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Biology Without the Cells with Dr Nadanai Laohakunakorn

June 28, 2022 BioPod Edinburgh Season 2 Episode 9
Biology Without the Cells with Dr Nadanai Laohakunakorn
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Biology Without the Cells with Dr Nadanai Laohakunakorn
Jun 28, 2022 Season 2 Episode 9
BioPod Edinburgh

In this episode, Louis  and Liz chat to Dr Nadanai Laohakunakorn about his journey from a background in physics to now leading a group in synthetic biology. He describes how he adapted his thinking when he changed disciplines, interdisciplinary culture shocks, and how different sciences are taught. We then hear about his current research on building cell-free systems – building a functional cell from the ground up – and how this can be used to synthesise proteins.
How are these systems built, how can they be optimised and how can they be used in manufacturing? Can we eventually make individualised drugs on a bench? Tune in to hear more!

Art by Louis, intro and editing by Hend and Severina.

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In this episode, Louis  and Liz chat to Dr Nadanai Laohakunakorn about his journey from a background in physics to now leading a group in synthetic biology. He describes how he adapted his thinking when he changed disciplines, interdisciplinary culture shocks, and how different sciences are taught. We then hear about his current research on building cell-free systems – building a functional cell from the ground up – and how this can be used to synthesise proteins.
How are these systems built, how can they be optimised and how can they be used in manufacturing? Can we eventually make individualised drugs on a bench? Tune in to hear more!

Art by Louis, intro and editing by Hend and Severina.