About Galina Limorenko

Galina Limorenko is a doctoral candidate in Neuroscience with a focus on biochemistry and molecular biology of neurodegenerative diseases at EPFL in Switzerland.

NBN Episodes hosted by Galina:

Brian Villmoare, "The Evolution of Everything: The Patterns and Causes of Big History" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

April 3, 2023

The Evolution of Everything

Brian Villmoare
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

Big History seeks to retell the human story in light of scientific advances by such methods as radiocarbon dating and genetic analysis. Brian Villmoar…

Robert P. Crease with Peter D. Bond, "The Leak: Politics, Activists, and Loss of Trust at Brookhaven National Laboratory" (MIT Press, 2022)

November 18, 2022

The Leak

Robert P. Crease with Peter D. Bond
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

In 1997, scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory found a small leak of radioactive water near their research reactor. Brookhaven was--and is--a w…

Steven N. Austad, "Methuselah's Zoo: What Nature Can Teach Us about Living Longer, Healthier Lives" (MIT Press, 2022)

November 15, 2022

Methuselah's Zoo

Steven N. Austad
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

Opossums in the wild don't make it to the age of three; our pet cats can live for a decade and a half; cicadas live for seventeen years (spending most…

Thom van Dooren, "A World in a Shell: Snail Stories for a Time of Extinctions" (MIT Press, 2022)

November 7, 2022

A World in a Shell

Thom van Dooren
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

In this time of extinctions, the humble snail rarely gets a mention. And yet snails are disappearing faster than any other species. In A World in a Sh…

Ayan S. Mandal, "A Stethoscope for the Brain: Preventive Approaches to Protect the Mind" (New Degree Press, 2022)

November 4, 2022

A Stethoscope for the Brain

Ayan S. Mandal
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

A taken-for-granted miracle occurs in doctors’ offices across the world every single day. With only a stethoscope and an inflatable cuff, a physician …

Mikkael A. Sekeres, "Drugs and the FDA: Safety, Efficacy, and the Public's Trust" (MIT Press, 2022)

November 4, 2022

Drugs and the FDA

Mikkael A. Sekeres
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

How the FDA was shaped by public health crises and patient advocacy, told against a background of the contentious hearings on the breast cancer drug A…

Perry Zurn and Dani S. Bassett, "Curious Minds: The Power of Connection" (MIT Press, 2022)

November 3, 2022

Curious Minds

Perry Zurn and Dani S. Bassett
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

Curious about something? Google it. Look at it. Ask a question. But is curiosity simply information seeking? According to this exhilarating, genre-ben…

Gerd Gigerenzer, "How to Stay Smart in a Smart World: Why Human Intelligence Still Beats Algorithms" (MIT Press, 2022)

November 3, 2022

How to Stay Smart in a Smart World

Gerd Gigerenzer
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

Doomsday prophets of technology predict that robots will take over the world, leaving humans behind in the dust. Tech industry boosters think replacin…

Alma Zaragoza-Petty, "Chingona: Owning Your Inner Badass for Healing and Justice" (Broadleaf Books, 2022)

November 2, 2022


Alma Zaragoza-Petty
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

In Chingona: Owning Your Inner Badass for Healing and Justice (Broadleaf Books, 2022), Mexican American activist, scholar, and podcast host Alma Zarag…

Joanna Ebenstein, "Frederik Ruysch and His Thesaurus Anatomicus: A Morbid Guide" (MIT Press, 2022)

November 2, 2022

Frederik Ruysch and His Thesaurus Anatomicus

Joanna Ebenstein
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

Frederik Ruysch (1638-1731) was a celebrated Dutch anatomist, master embalmer, and museologist. He is best remembered today for strange tableaux, craf…

Robert Gottlieb, "Care-Centered Politics: From the Home to the Planet" (MIT Press, 2022)

November 1, 2022

Care-Centered Politics

Robert Gottlieb
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

This agenda-setting book presents a framework for creating a more just and equitable care-centered world. Climate change, pandemic events, systemic ra…

Chris Salter, "Sensing Machines: How Sensors Shape Our Everyday Life" (MIT Press, 2022)

November 1, 2022

Sensing Machines

Chris Salter
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

Sensing machines are everywhere in our world. As we move through the day, electronic sensors and computers adjust our thermostats, guide our Roombas, …

Sian E. Harding, "The Exquisite Machine: The New Science of the Heart" (MIT Press, 2022)

October 31, 2022

The Exquisite Machine

Sian E. Harding
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

Your heart is a miracle in motion, a marvel of construction unsurpassed by any human-made creation. It beats 100,000 times every day--if you were to l…

Emily Weinstein and Carrie James, "Behind Their Screens: What Teens Are Facing (and Adults Are Missing)" (MIT Press, 2022)

October 31, 2022

Behind Their Screens

Emily Weinstein and Carrie James
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

What are teens actually doing on their smartphones? Contrary to many adults' assumptions, they are not simply "addicted" to their screens, oblivious t…

Wendy Fischman and Howard Gardner, "The Real World of College: What Higher Education Is and What It Can Be" (MIT Press, 2022)

July 22, 2022

The Real World of College

Wendy Fischman and Howard Gardner
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

For The Real World of College: What Higher Education Is and What It Can Be (MIT Press, 2022), Wendy Fischman and Howard Gardner analyzed in-depth inte…

Jay Baruch, "Tornado of Life: A Doctor's Journey through Constraints and Creativity in the ER" (MIT Press, 2022)

July 22, 2022

Tornado of Life

Jay Baruch
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

To be an emergency room doctor is to be a professional listener to stories. Each patient presents a story; finding the heart of that story is the doct…

Erika Balsom and Hila Peleg, "Feminist Worldmaking and the Moving Image" (MIT Press, 2022)

July 20, 2022

Feminist Worldmaking and the Moving Image

Erika Balsom and Hila Peleg
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

Erika Balsom and Hila Peleg's edited volume Feminist Worldmaking and the Moving Image (MIT Press, 2022) offers intersectional, intergenerational, and …

Rachael Pells, "Genomics: How Genome Sequencing Will Change Healthcare" (Random House, 2022)

July 15, 2022


Rachael Pells
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

Genome sequencing is one of the most exciting scientific breakthroughs of the past thirty years. But what precisely does it involve and how is it deve…

Frank Close, "Elusive: How Peter Higgs Solved the Mystery of Mass" (Basic Books, 2022)

July 6, 2022


Frank Close
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

On July 4, 2012, the announcement came that one of the longest-running mysteries in physics had been solved: the Higgs boson, the missing piece in und…

James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti, "Atlas of the Invisible: Maps and Graphics That Will Change How You See the World" (W. W. Norton, 2021)

June 30, 2022

Atlas of the Invisible

James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

Award-winning geographer-designer team James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti transform enormous datasets into rich maps and cutting-edge visualizations. In…

Michael Hannah, "Extinctions: Living and Dying in the Margin of Error" (Cambridge UP, 2021)

June 28, 2022


Michael Hannah
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

Today I talked to Michael Hannah about his book Extinctions: Living and Dying in the Margin of Error (Cambridge UP, 2021). Are we now entering a mass…

Ryan North, "How to Take Over the World: Practical Schemes and Scientific Solutions for the Aspiring Supervillain" (Riverhead Books, 2022)

June 27, 2022

How to Take Over the World

Ryan North
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

Taking over the world is a lot of work. Any supervillain is bound to have questions: What's the perfect location for a floating secret base? What zany…

Frans de Waal, "Different: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist" (W. W. Norton, 2022)

June 27, 2022


Frans de Waal
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

In Different: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist (W. W. Norton, 2022), world-renowned primatologist Frans de Waal draws on decades of observat…

Carles Lalueza-Fox, "Inequality: A Genetic History" (MIT Press, 2022)

June 24, 2022


Carles Lalueza-Fox
Hosted by Galina Limorenko

Inequality is an urgent global concern, with pundits, politicians, academics, and best-selling books all taking up its causes and consequences. In Ine…