In today’s show, we highlight the work of three researchers at Cornell University who are people of color. All three of the scientists study different aspects of how the human immune system responds to pathogens such as bacteria and viruses.
The show begins with Scarlett Lee’s interview of Dr. Avery August. He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Immunology at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. August is also Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Cornell. In the interview, Dr. August reflects on how he was first introduced to the concept of doing laboratory research by an organic chemistry professor. He also discusses how he became interested in doing immunology research. Dr. August details his current research goals as well as his hopes for helping to increase the diversity of the Cornell faculty.
Later in the show, Candice Limper speaks with Jessica Elmore, a graduate student in Dr. August’ lab. She discusses her research understanding the role of immune cells in the development of chronic lung inflammatory disease.
Today’s show concludes with Liz Mahood’s interview of Kristel Joy Yee Mon, a graduate student who is completing her PhD research in the field of developmental immunology. She is a member of the laboratory of Associate Professor Brian Rudd at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Producer: Esther Racoosin
Interview of Dr. Avery August: Scarlett Lee
Interview of Jessica Elmore: Candice Limper
Interview of Kristel Joy Yee Mon: Liz Mahood