Podcast co-hosted by Ohio State alum explores the stories behind the research

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January 3, 2022

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SKRAPS, a podcast mini-series co-hosted by JoJo Platt and Arun Sridhar, PhD, an alumnus of The Ohio State University, explores the stories behind the research and discoveries that led to innovation across industry and academia. The podcast unveils the narratives responsible for innovations in science and the drive behind a researcher’s sparks of brilliance.

“Anyone can pick up a journal and read the results of so many scientific experiments and procedures,” Platt said. ”But what we don’t hear are the stories behind the science. The stories that motivated and inspired people to take on these difficult problems.”

SKRAPS investigates researchers and stories in a variety of scientific fields, such as pharmaceutical sciences, neuroscience, dietetics, biomedical engineering, cardiology, paleontology and much more. It attracts hundreds of listeners each month.

Dr. Sridhar is a former physician’s assistant working in cardiothoracic surgery in India, who completed his PhD in biophysics under advisor Cynthia Carnes, PharmD, PhD, senior associate dean of research and graduate education and clinical professor at the Ohio State College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Sridhar was motivated to make SKRAPS after his first semester as a graduate student.

“Science is nothing without compassion,” Dr. Sridhar said in SKRAPS’s first episode.

He credits compassion and patience from Dr. Carnes as pivotal in his academic career. After his first semester, Dr. Sridhar struggled to adapt from the clinical practice side of medicine to the academic side and mentions Dr. Carnes’s understanding as essential to his adjustment in academia.

This idea of compassion is what sparked his interest for starting the podcast. From the patients seen in clinical practice to trial participants in scientific research to the researchers looking to save and improve lives – every discovery has a person and a story. The podcast examines them out of compassion for the need and motivations behind scientific transformations.

“This is about the people that make science happen,” Dr. Sridhar said.

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You can listen to SKRAPS, currently in its fourth season, on the podcast website, Apple, YouTube or Spotify.

Read more about Dr. Sridhar’s career.