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Dr. Nicole Quinn

Dr. Nicole Quinn is the Director of Brand and Scientific Communications at STEMCELL Technologies. Nicole completed her BSc and MSc in Biology at McMaster University, in Ontario, Canada, and her PhD in Genomics at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. Nicole is inspired by scientific curiosity, rigor, and discovery, and is a passionate advocate for improving how science is taught, communicated, and pursued. At STEMCELL, Nicole leads the creation of assets and initiatives that provide scientists with tools and information they need to progress their research, including a science communication program that serves and connects hundreds of thousands of scientists globally. Nicole is a frequent mentor and speaker on topics such as communication and career development.

Dr. Daylon James

Dr. Daylon James is a former guest of the Stem Cell Podcast and fan favorite. He received his PhD from the Rockefeller University, specializing in Molecular Embryology, then did a post-doc at Weill Cornell Medical College. Currently, Dr. James is an Associate Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell, where his work uses human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells to generate endothelial and hematopoietic cells for regenerative therapy of cardiovascular and blood disease. In addition to being a super smart, knowledgeable and successful stem cell researcher, Dr. James is charming and funny with a unique ability to talk deep science in an approachable, accessible way.

Dr. Arun Sharma

Dr. Arun Sharma is a former guest of the Stem Cell Podcast, and a long-time fan. He received his PhD from the Stanford University, specializing in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, and then did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard Medical School. Currently, Dr. Sharma is an Assistant Professor at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Regenerative Medicine Institute, where he uses human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to model cardiovascular diseases “in-a-dish” and to develop cell-based screening platforms for drug toxicity. Dr. Sharma is a long-time proponent of science communication and enjoys public speaking about topics in stem cell biology. He also actively engages both scientific and non-scientific audiences on Twitter (@arunsharmaphd) to discuss new scientific advances.


Dr. Brenda Raud

Dr. Brenda Raud is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Hematopoiesis at the Sanquin Research Institute, in Amsterdam. She studied Biotechnology in Argentina, and later received her PhD in Immunology from the Hannover Medical School in Germany. During her doctorate, she characterized the metabolism of T cells and the mechanisms by which metabolic pathways can shape the immune response in health and disease. Brenda’s research interests include T-cell biology, adaptive immunity, and genetic engineering. Besides being passionate about science and intricacies of the immune system, Brenda is an enthusiastic expat: she has lived in three countries, done research in five, and is keen on picking up languages along the way.

Jason Goldsmith

Dr. Jason Goldsmith

Jason Goldsmith is Senior Director of Donor Medical and Analytical Sciences at Seres Therapeutics, a biotechnology company working to revolutionize the treatment of a wide range of diseases by modulating the function of the human microbiome. He was previously a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Immunology, where he studied the intersection of intestinal regeneration, intestinal immunity, and host-microbiome interactions with the goal of one day being able to control intestinal regeneration therapeutically, both to enhance it during inflammatory processes (such as Colitis, Crohn’s, or radiation-induced enteropathy) or selectively inhibit it in colorectal cancer. He completed 2 years of internal medicine residency at the University of Michigan before deciding to focus on a research career and still works part-time as a hospitalist. Jason used to be a professional martial arts instructor and still trains in his free time. He also enjoys role-playing games and the occasional video game.