NeuroTalk Archive

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Each week SINTN (the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neuroscience) invites a prominent scientist to come to campus and share their most recent work with the Stanford community. For professors, and a few students each week, this is also an opportunity to chat casually with these scientists one-on-one. With the goal of opening that experience up to the broader neuroscience community, we at NeuWrite West (a group dedicated to improving science communication), are launching a new podcast called NeuroTalk.

Each week, we will engage the SINTN speaker in an informal interview/conversation, with the aim of gaining a better insight into the speaker’s personality, and providing a platform for the kinds of stories which are of interest to us but are often left out of more formal papers or presentations. In essence, it’s a conversation between neuroscientists, for neuroscientists.

For more information about the NeuroTalk podcasts, please contact Erica Seigneur at

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Podcast Archive

Episode 14: Mala Murthy

This week on Neurotalk, we talk to Mala Murthy about vengeful flies, courtship songs, and the BRAIN initiative. Mala Murthy is an assistant professor of molecular biology and neuroscience at Princeton University.


Episode 13: Cynthia Moss

This week on Neurotalk, we talk to Cynthia Moss about her early experience working in a mental institute, the best way to catch a bat, and what bat place cells tell us about our own brains! Cynthia Moss is a professor of psychology and systems neuroscience at the University of Maryland at College Park. To view the bat videos mentioned in the interview, visit Professor Moss’s webpage here:


Episode 12: Yishi Jin

This week’s guest is Dr. Yishi Jin, who tells us how a happy laser accident led to a better understanding of the process of axon regeneration, and how the suppression of science during China’s cultural revolution fueled her young scientific curiosity. Dr. Yishi Jin is a professor of neurobiology, and a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator at UC San Diego.


Episode 11: Yingxi Lin

This week, we talk to Yingxi Lin about inhibition, memory, and talking to mice. Dr. Yingxi Lin is an assistant professor of neuroscience at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.

Note to listeners: We had some technical difficulties during our interview with Yingxi Lin, so the audio quality is not as good as it should be, and
some of her answers are a little difficult to understand in a few places.


Episode 10: Ron Yu

Ron Yu explains the tunotopy of the olfactory system, how mice can determine gender by smelling pheromones in urine, and more! Dr. Ron Yu is an Associate Investigator at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.


Episode 9: Jonathan Wallis

This week, we talk with Jonathan Wallis about how the brain encodes abstract rules, and translates those rules into behavioral decision making. Dr. Wallis is a professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley.


Episode 8: Glenn Turner

This week’s speaker and guest is Glenn Turner, an Associate Investigator at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. In our 8th episode of NeuroTalk, we speak with professor Turner about the first in vivo whole cell recordings of Drosophila neurons, sparse coding in mushroom body neurons, how to graduate with a PhD in 4 years, and more!


Episode 7: Albert Lee

Albert Lee is a research scientist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Janelia Farms.


Episode 6: Mark Mayford

Mark Mayford is a professor of cell biology and neuroscience at the Salk Institute at the University of California at San Diego.


There is no episode 5, due the the unavailability of that weeks SINTN speaker


Episode 4: Peggy Mason

We talk to Peggy Mason, a professor of Neurobiology at the University of Chicago, about pain, empathy, and sharing your lunch.


Episode 3: Evan Eichler

In our third episode of NeuroTalk, we speak with professor Evan Eichler about the role of genetic variations in evolution and disease, the journey from the early days of the human genome project to personal genomics, juggling chromosomes, angora sweaters, and more. Dr. Eichler is a professor of genome sciences at the University of Washington, and is a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator.


Episode 2: Michael Platt

Michael Platt is a a professor of neurobiology, and the director of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences


Episode 1: Allison Doupe

Allison Doupe a professor of psychiatry and physiology at the W.M. Keck Foundation Center for Integrative Neuroscience at UCSF.

2 Responses

  1. Joe Masters
    Joe Masters May 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm ·

    It would be great to get these podcasts up on iTunes (are they on iTunes alread? I can’t find them!)