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#1: Research and Science Communication with Prof. Giles Yeo

You've probably heard the saying, "Science not communicated is science not done." It underscores the importance of sharing scientific knowledge beyond the research labs.

In this episode, Prof. Giles Yeo shares an insight into his career story combining research and science communication. We discussed the role luck played in his career journey and how proactive efforts, like knocking on people’s doors, led him to a postdoc position that evolved into a 25-year career. Giles shed light on how he became a TV broadcaster and why it made him a better scientist. We also discussed what’s important about communicating science and how to do it right. Listen and enjoy!

Giles Yeo

Today's Guest: Prof. Giles Yeo

Prof. Giles Yeo is a word-renouned biologist and holds the title of Professor of Molecular Neuroendocrinology at the Medical Research Council Metabolic Diseases Unit, and serves as the Scientific Director of the Genomics & Transcriptomics Core at the University of Cambridge, UK.

In addition, Giles is a graduate tutor and fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge. He proudly holds the position of president of the British Society for Neuroendocrinology.

Prof. Yeo's educational journey began with an undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Berkeley, California. He then earned his PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Cambridge, UK followed by a postdoc at the Department of Clinical Biochemistry in Cambridge.

Beyond academia, Prof. Yeo is a recognizable voice in the realm of science communication. He's been featured in several BBC Horizon documentary series, including "Why Are We Getting So Fat?", "Clean Eating: The Dirty Truth", and "Vitamin Pills: Miracle or Myth?". Furthermore, he showcased his expertise as a presenter on BBC Two's "Trust Me, I'm A Doctor". Radio enthusiasts might recognize him from BBC Radio 4's "Plant-based Promises", and podcast listeners may be familiar with his series, "Dr. Giles Yeo Chews the Fat".

He's also penned two bestselling books: "Gene Eating: The Story Of Human Appetite" and "Why Calories Don't Count".

In recognition of his significant contributions to research and public engagement, Prof. Yeo has been honored with numerous accolades, most notably an MBE, The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.


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