Eva LaDow is a post-doctoral fellow at the Gladstone Institutes of Neurological Disease. Her project at Gladstone aims to determine whether any drugs already approved by the FDA may also be used to treat ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. She grows neurons, introduces mutant DNA into the neurons to mimic ALS, and then collects and analyzes the data. LaDow says her job is “full of cool things!” The “coolest” is working with the third generation of the lab’s automated microscope, the Brain Bot. The microscope allows her to take pictures each day of tens of thousands of individual neurons and keep track of them for weeks or months. LaDow also enjoys sharing the work she is doing with local high school students through special events like “Brain Awareness Week” and teaching at the Community College of San Francisco.

This video is one of three in the Career Spotlight: Biotechnology series.

Career Spotlight: Neurobiologist 22 May,2015Josh Cassidy


Josh Cassidy

Josh is a Digital Media Producer for KQED Science, and the Lead Producer and Cinematographer for Deep Look. After receiving his BS in Wildlife Biology from Ohio University, he went on to participate in marine mammal research for NOAA, USGS and the Intersea Foundation. He also served as the president of The Pacific Cetacean Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching students K-6 about whales. Josh studied science and natural history filmmaking at San Francisco State University and Montana State University.


Arwen Curry

Arwen Curry is Associate Producer of TV at KQED Science. She comes to KQED from documentary film, and is director of Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, a feature documentary about the influential science fiction writer. She was Associate Producer of the films Regarding Susan Sontag, American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco, EAMES: The Architect & The Painter, Utopia in Four Movements, and co-produced and directed Stuffed, a short film about compulsive hoarding. Arwen was editor of the punk magazine Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll, and has been a contributor to Radio Lab and McSweeney’s. She is a Bay Area native and a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.


Jenny Oh

Jenny is a long-time contributor to Bay Area Bites, KQED’s popular food blog. She formerly worked as an Interactive Producer for the Science & Environment unit. Jenny graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Film and Television program and has worked for WNET/PBS, The Learning Channel, Sundance Channel, HBO and the University of California.

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