Thursday, August 11, 2022
Mitochondrial Health

Ryan Cochrane: Applications & Methodologies for Genetic Engineering of Algae & Fungi | Podcast #14

Ryan Cochrane is a PhD student at University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario Canada studying synthetic biology with a special emphasis on developing whole mitochondrial genome engineering in algae.

Ryan is passionate about biotech and applications of the technology towards solving real-world problems like the development of sustainable food sources.

Join us as we take a deep-dive into algae, approaches for genetic engineering fungi, diybio and much more!

0:00 Introduction
2:24 Ryan’s Background
3:31 The PhD Process
5:03 Choosing Synthetic Biology
6:22 What is Genetic Engineering?
7:14 Applications of Synthetic Biology
11:07 The Biotech Community
15:03 diyBio
16:29 Psychedelics
18:08 Bringing Drugs to Market in Canada
18:53 Intro to Algae
21:58 Engineering Fungi
26:39 Domesticating Fungi
31:32 Challenges doing DIY Science
37:28 Unique Features of Algae
40:36 Current Algae Research
44:42 Algae as a Food Source
47:25 Silica-digesting Algae
48:16 Theoretical vs practical Biotech
52:29 Ryan’s Research
53:15 Mitchondrial Genome Editing
1:05:02 Mars Perseverance & Alternate Life Forms

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