Season 6: 2020-2021

This Gastronauts Season was entirely virtual where we connected two global scientists to share a conversation on gut-brain matters.

September 2020: We eat because we need, because we want: find out why

A virtual conversation with Lisa Beutler and Anthony Sclafani. Lisa Beutler is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Anthony Sclafani is a Professor of Psychology at Brooklyn College at the City University of New York.

October 2020: Tracking behavior one molecule at a time

A virtual conversation with Michael Krashes and Yulong Li. Michael Krashes, Ph.D., is a Section Chief at the NIDDK. Yulong Li, Ph.D., is a Professor at the School of Life Sciences in Peking University.

November 2020: Learning to co-exist with humans: A microbe’s story

A virtual conversation with Dylan Dodd and Mary Estes. Dylan Dodd, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University. Mary Estes, Ph.D., is a Professor of Virology and Microbiology in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

December 2020 – Bite Size Summit

January 2021: The gut that moves us

A virtual conversation with Piali Sengupta and Brian Gulbransen. Piali Sengupta, Ph.D., is a professor of Biology at Brandeis University. Brian Gulbransen, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the physiology department at Michigan State University

February 2021: Sensing nutrients, secreting peptides

A virtual conversation with Nicholas Betley and Daniel Drucker. Nicholas Betley, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. Daniel Drucker, M.D., Endocrinologist and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology at the University or Toronto

March 2021: The chilling side of hunger

A virtual conversation with Lori Zeltser and Alexander Caron. Lori Zeltser, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center and the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at Columbia University. Alexander Caron Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Laval University.

April 2021: On stem cells and neurodevelopment in the gut

A virtual conversation with David Virshup and Judith Eisen. David Virshup, Ph.D., is the director of the Programme of Cancer and Stem Cell Biology at Duke-NUS Medical School as well as a professor of pediatrics at Duke University. Judith Eisen, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Institute of Neuroscience at the University of Oregon.