Let's Talk Micro

by Luis Plaza

Clinical Microbiology explained in simple terms, suitable for students and microbiologists alike. Hosted by Luis Plaza, a Medical Laboratory Scientist, he also talks about his experiences as a clinical microbiologist.

Podcast episodes

  • Season 3

  • 145: Talking AMR: Polymyxins (lipopeptides)

    145: Talking AMR: Polymyxins (lipopeptides)

    Luis and Andrea are back to talk AMR! This time they are joined by Dr. Alyssa Walker to go over polymyxins . As usual they go over important questions such as mechanism of action, intrinsic resistance, applying the interpretation of one drug to another, and more. What media used in the laboratory has colistin in it? Don't miss another great episode. Questions? Feedback? Send those to letstalkmicro@outlook.com Want to support the podcast? Here's how: Venmo: https://venmo.com/u/letstalkmicro Buy me a Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/letstalkmicro

  • 144: Serie en Español: Tinción de Gram

    144: Serie en Español: Tinción de Gram

    Regresa la serie en Español. Luis y Maridaliz discuten la tinción de gram. Cómo se prepara la laminilla? Cúales son los reactivos y el proceso? Qué diferencia hay entre bacterias gran-positiva y gram-negativa? Sintonizen a este episodio para aprender sobre una de las pruebas mas importantes en Microbiología Clínica. Preguntas? Comentarios? Envíen un correo electrónico a letstalkmicro@outlook.com Desean apoyar al podcast? Pueden hacerlo de la siguiente forma: Venmo: https://venmo.com/u/letstalkmicro Buy me a Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/letstalkmicro

  • 143: Navigating your Path

    143: Navigating your Path

    Have you been in a job or career that you feel is not a good fit for you? Perhaps you want to try something different but do not know how to get there? Sometimes you might be dreading going to work or just feel unhappy. In this episode Luis talks to Dr. Duane Newton. Duane is a microbiologist with extensive training and at one point in his career he describes feeling "miserable". What did he do to change that? Tune in to this episode to listen to how Duane navigated his path to find himself in a happy place. He shares his story and also gives advice on how you can navigate your own path. Dr. Newton's website: https://dwnconsult.com Questions? Feedback? Send those to letstalkmicro@outlook.com Want to support the podcast? Here's how: Venmo: https://venmo.com/u/letstalkmicro Buy me a Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/letstalkmicro

  • 142: UAA MLS : Microbiology and Research

    142: UAA MLS : Microbiology and Research

    In this episode Luis talks to Grace Leu-Burke, Program Director and professor at the University of Alaska in Anchorage (UAA) Medical Laboratory Sciences Program. She joins the podcast to talk about her career and talks about the MLS program at UAA. She goes over the Microbiology curriculum, the importance of biochemical testing, and more. She also talks about the research that her students are conducting involving moose and stool samples. Link to UAA MLS program: https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/academics/college-of-health/departments/school-of-allied-health/medical-laboratory-science/index.cshtml Questions? Feedback? Send those to letstalkmicro@outlook.com Want to support the podcast? Here's how: Venmo: https://venmo.com/u/letstalkmicro Buy me a Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/letstalkmicro

  • 141: AR Isolate Bank

    141: AR Isolate Bank

    As a microbiologist, you might have worked on a project or validation that involved organisms from the AR Isolate Bank. You might have asked where they came from and you were told that they were obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What is the Antimicrobial Resistance Isolate Bank (AR Bank)? What organisms are part of this bank? What are they used for? In this episode Luis is joined by two guests from the CDC to answer these questions and more. Links to the AR Isolate Bank website and more: AR Isolate Bank - https://wwwn.cdc.gov/arisolatebank/ CDC's site on AR Isolate Bank - https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/resistance-bank/index.html AR Isolate Bank’s email: ARBank@cdc.gov The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria - https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/us-activities/national-action-plan.html 2023 Breakpoint Implementation Toolkit (2023 BIT) - https://clsi.org/meetings/ast/breakpoints-in-use-toolkit/?gad_source=1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2-rJ3vqKhAMVXVxHAR1nkACvEAAYASAAEgIi3PD_BwE Questions? Feedback? Send those to letstalkmicro@outlook.com Want to support the podcast? Here's how: Venmo: https://venmo.com/u/letstalkmicro Buy me a Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/letstalkmicro