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Margot Wohl
Margot Wohl is pursuing a PhD in neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego. She studies the neurobiology of aggression in fruit flies in the Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory of Kenta Asahina. Margot can be found lurking in the laboratory at late hours listening to podcasts and drinking fizzy water or taking pictures of insects she finds around Salk’s campus. Check out her "insectagrams" here.

Salk Talk is a chance to get to know the researchers whose efforts advance scientific discovery and whose personalities enrich our scientific community. Listen as these scientists shed their white lab coats and reveal their greatest passions in and outside the laboratory. All interviews are conducted and edited by Margot Wohl.

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Episode 04: Abby Buchwalter

With two chemists for parents, the last thing Abby Buchwalter wanted to be when she grew up was a scientist. But in high school she became driven to uncover the fundamental scientific laws governing life. Now, in the lab, she weaves together clues about the structure of our cells while outside of lab she creates fabrics of her own.

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Episode 03: Elena Blanco

What do punk rock music, the martial art of muay thai and neuroscience have in common? They’re all passions of Salk Postdoctoral Scholar Elena Blanco. As a member of Nicola Allen’s lab, Blanco studies cells called astrocytes, which she terms “the security guards of the brain.” We’ll hear about her childhood in Spain, California dreaming, and why she enjoys explaining science at schools, gyms and even at bars.

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Episode 02: Chris Howard

Primary season may be over, but Bernie Salamanders lives on! He’s the Dungeons & Dragons alter ego of Salk’s Chris Howard, a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Xin Jin. When Howard is not playing D&D, he studies the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is implicated in diseases like Parkinson’s and drug addiction. He’ll tell us the bittersweet story of why he got interested in neuroscience and how music is a big part of his life.

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Episode 01: Pablo Hollstein

An Ecuadorian child actor, Pablo Hollstein now resides at the Salk Institute in Reuben Shaw’s lab where he studies cancer. We will touch on his former acting career after we visit how he fosters community at the Salk, his adventurous eating, and why he is passionate about studying cancer.

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