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The Molecular Detective



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When diseases are on the loose, who will you call? The Molecular Detectives! 🕵️ This week we’ll hear from Mona Minkara, a detective who studies molecular clues to solve BIG mysteries inside our bodies. 🔎


Learn more about Mona and her research work in our bonus interview extra on Patreon!


Episode art for the Molecular Detective. Pictured is a detective in a magnifying glass.

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This episode is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number # 2148711 - Engaging Blind, Visually Impaired, and Sighted Students in STEM with Storytelling through Podcasts. Click here to learn more.


MEET OUR FEATURED EXPERT

DR. MONA MINKARA

Photo of Mona Minkara with flowers behind her.

Dr. Mona Minkara is a Professor of Bioengineering at Northeastern University. Mona is also the head of the COMBINE (Computational Modeling for Biointerface Engineering) Lab, where they focus on the study of pulmonary surfactant - which you heard about in the main episode! Mona also champions inclusivity in STEM, engineering tools, and promoting projects that empower blind and partially sighted researchers.


Here's Mona's fascinating travel channel, Planes Trains and Canes. We've attached the trailer for her educational travel series, The Blind Traveler!



MOLECULAR DETECTIVES ON THE CASE

Want to learn more about where Mona and the other molecular detectives solve mysteries? Watch this video to take a peek into the COMBINE Lab.



Curious about Mona's other work, projects, interests, and accessibility tools? Please click here to check out her website to find more information! There are so many great resources from tools for blind scientists to Mona's knitting creations!

A screenshot of Mona's website. Presented is the research page, titled "Understanding Surfactant Protein Systems at Interfaces Through Computer Simulation."

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