Otoscope podcast

Usually a medical tool used to check your ear canal, Otoscope is now also the name of a project led by PhD students at the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS).

Learning how to surf the wave of podcast popularity, the students are producing interview-style episodes with the aim of discussing complex medical science topics in a way that is informative to other students who may not be familiar with biomedical jargon.

Initially recorded at The Pod in White City Place, the podcast is bringing together in the studio experts on different fields of biomedical research with PhD students to discuss topics such as precision medicine, evolution and how genes affect behaviour. These topics are discussed with the aim of being informative to the bioscience-curious individual and of providing both the students and the public with tools to think critically about evidence and science.

New episodes are available monthly at Buzzsprout, Spotify and all the usual podcast platforms.

To receive the latest Otoscope updates, follow @MRC_LMS on Twitter and @mrc.lms on Instagram.

Produced by Ediem Al-jibury, Eliano dos Santos, Emmanouil Stylianakis, Eren Akademir, Macia Sureda Vives, Monica Della Rosa, Radina Georgieva, Saul Moore, Sijia Yu and Virinder Reen.

Supported by the GECo team, the Graduate School Funding (Imperial College London) and the White City Place.

If you are a PhD student at the LMS and would like to get involved or get your recent publication featured in the segment Publication of the Month, please email us.


1 – Evolution and epigenetics – Dr Peter Sarkies

Radina Georgieva and Saul Moore talk with Dr Peter Sarkies about evolution, epigenetics, transposable elements and gene editing in humans. Publication of the Month by Vassili Kuzmartsev: Cytosine Methylation Affects the Mutability of Neighboring Nucleotides in Germline and Soma

Episode 1 – Peter Sarkies – Transcript

2 – Neurodegeneration and Precision Medicine – Dr Richard Festenstein

Eren Akaremir, Manos Stylianakis and Macia Sureda Vives talk with Dr Richard Festenstein about neurodegeneration and precision medicine. Publication of the Month by Matt Newton: DNA stretching induces Cas9 off-target activity

Episode 2 – Richard Festenstein – Transcript (Coming Soon)

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