Gryphon CAST Podcast
Welcome to Gryphon CAST, a new podcast by the College of Biological Science hosted by PhD candidate, Michael Lim. Each month, we will highlight new and exciting research coming out of the College, and how that research can affect lives around the world. Do you have a question for Gryphon CAST? Our experts specialize in a broad range of topics in the fields of genetics, biochemistry, ecology, evolutionary biology, botany, human kinetics and nutrition, and more. Send us your questions and they could be featured in an upcoming show!
Gryphon CAST is a division of SCRIBE (Students Communicating Research in Biology Education) Research Highlights. SCRIBE writers take an active role in translating and communicating research results for non-specialist audiences as they develop their knowledge mobilization skills. Learn more about our SCRIBE program here.
Coming soon! Episode 8 with Dani Nyman and Dr. Lawrence Spriet
Dani Nyman has a BSc in Human Kinetics and an MSc in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Guelph. She has worked with 8 different NHL franchises and the Canadian Women’s National Team, but still loves her favourite team, the Montreal Canadiens, from home. Dani is currently a PhD student in Kinesiology at Queen’s University. Dr. Lawrence L. Spriet is a University Professor Emeritus and former Chair in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences. He is an avid hockey player in the winter months and enjoys cycling in the summer.
René is both a Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow and NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington State University and the University of Guelph. His research aims to advance our understanding of human-induced environmental change on ecological and evolutionary processes in wildlife. Specifically, René researches pollution-driven adaptation, or “evolutionary ecotoxicology”, which seeks to understand the role of adaptation in organisms that enable populations to thrive in anthropogenically-stressed ecosystems. His work focuses on understanding the biology of harmful algal blooms and the evolutionary and toxicological responses on organisms exposed to them. Outside of work, René enjoys drawing manga and mastering the art of screentone.
Dr. Alison Duncan is a Professor in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph. She is also a Registered Dietitian. Her research focuses on the biological effects of functional foods on chronic disease-related endpoints evaluated in human intervention studies, with a particular focus on the agri-food-health continuum. She has studied how pulses including beans can affect health and enjoyed working on this project with her graduate students. In addition to loving her academic work in nutrition, Alison enjoys her home in rural Rockwood and hanging out in Ontario arenas and soccer fields watching her kids play.
Kelly received her PhD at the University of Guelph in Prof. Steffen Graether's lab researching the biochemistry of intrinsically disordered proteins in Vitis riparia. She then moved to Prof. Tariq Akhtar's lab for her post-doc where she published the paper discussed in this episode. Since publishing her work on bibenzyls, she joined the company Canurta as a research associate to develop a platform for the biosynthesis of various therapeutic Cannabis metabolites. During her PhD, she designed and taught a first year seminar class about how to critically evaluate the representation of science in the media.
Leo is a MSc. student in the Norris lab at the University of Guelph. His research builds on work he did in an undergraduate thesis project looking at the importance of Canadian protected areas with a specific focus on alternatives to government protected areas. His current project is focused on measuring the connectivity of Canada’s protected areas.
Dr. Mutch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph, Canada. He leads a nutrigenomics research program that investigates mechanisms that regulate lipid metabolism in the body, with a major focus on diet-gene interactions in adipose (fat) tissue, skeletal muscle, and liver. Melissa is a recent MSc. graduate from the Human Health and Nutritional Sciences Department. She is excited to begin her PhD. in the field of nutrigenomics, investigating how different sources of protein affect omega-3 synthesis in the body.
Annette has been investigating for most of her career how plants react at the molecular level to stresses such as virus infection and low temperatures. Her most recent research focusses on adaptations of grape plants to low temperatures, including the formation of stomata. She has taken up the sport of curling, to also experience freezing stress personally.
Dan is a discipline-based education researcher who studies networks across higher education with an interest in their implications for improving undergraduate education. As part of this work, he has been studying faculty discussion networks and their ties to pedagogical practice, including studying academic departments across eight different universities. Before discovering his love of biology as an undergraduate, Dan attended professional umpire academy for baseball, where he discovered that he didn’t actually love umpiring.