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The voices and energy behind Medical Discovery News are two scientists who met at the University of Texas at Austin in 1980, where they were pursuing research on infectious microbes and how they cause disease. Professors David W. Niesel, in 1983, and Norbert K. Herzog, in 1989, joined the faculty of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, world renowned for research in infectious and emerging tropical diseases, among other biomedical specialties.

Their outgoing personalities and passion for promoting the understanding of science among the public evolved into Medical Discovery News five years ago. The show’s two-minute conversations have unraveled breaking scientific news, such as whether airport full-body scanners pose radiation risks, as well as ancient history, such as King Tut’s paternity. They’ve also explained puzzling biomedical questions such as, why people yawn and the health benefits of beer. Another episode on the link between too little sleep and early death really woke up their listeners!  This is done in an entertaining and informative way. Watch out – you might learn something!

Norbert K. Herzog, PhD

Dr. Norbert Herzog

  • Professor in the Departments of Pathology, and Microbiology & Immunology
  • Scientist in the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Center for Tropical Diseases
  • Associate Dean for Recruitment in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • The Leon Bromberg Distinguished Professor for Excellence in Teaching and Paul Brindley Distinguished Scholar
  • Research interests include drug design, cellular signal transduction associated with the pathogenesis of infectious agents, virology and biodefense.
  • Personal interests include photography, cooking, music and travel.

David W. Niesel, PhD

Dr. David W. Niesel

  • Professor and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology
  • Scientist in the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases, Sealy Center for Structural Biology, Sealy Center for Vaccine Development and the Center for Tropical Diseases
  • Vice Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • J.P. Saunders Professor in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Research interests focus on the regulation of bacteria gene expression during infection in the host, mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis, biodefense, and the adaptation of bacteria to the space environment
  • Personal interests include family, cooking, reading and travel

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