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Justin O’Grady, group leader at Quadram Institute and associate professor in Medical Microbiology at the University of East Anglia (UEA), is an expert on the rapid diagnosis of infection. Here he explains how his research is helping to track and trace the transmission of COVID-19 through sequencing the coronavirus virus genome.

People rarely asked DNA scientist Karim Gharbi about the complexities of his work. That is until a global pandemic came along – now everybody wants to talk about COVID-19 testing. Here, the Earlham Institute-based scientist tells us what’s changed.

Dr Kirsty Culley, associate director of science engagement at Norwich Research Park, explains how she helps scientists work together to find answers to big challenges, and how the public can get involved to help too!

Global warming is an existential crisis felt globally and locally. Asher Minns, executive director at the UK’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia (UEA), on Norwich Research Park, explains why it is important to get the message out about global warming, and what climate change means for Norfolk.

Take a closer look at the bugs in your back garden, and you might be surprised - and delighted - by what you find, says insect expert Darrell Bean.

40pc of us will suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee – a painful disease treated with burdensome operations that don’t always work. Surely there’s a better option for helping our ageing population? Consultant radiologist Dr Tom Turmezei thinks so, and he’s spent years testing his theory.

Scientists are racing to stop plant diseases that could devastate staple crops like wheat, corn and potato – resulting in food shortages around the world. Biologist Dr Peter van Esse of The Sainsbury Laboratory is one of them.

Prof Jenni Barclay has been scrambling up volcanoes for 25 years to better understand what it means to live with uncertainty. Stevie Smith visited the volcanologist at UEA to find out how radioactive dating and calypso music are helping to find the answers.

The answers to some of the greatest scientific breakthroughs yet to come – like overcoming antibiotic resistance – lies in DNA. At Norwich Research Park, computer scientists at the Earlham Institute are racing to crack the code. Institute director Professor Neil Hall explains how.

Could gut microbial communities be key to preventing diseases like cancer? Gut microbe specialist Dr Lindsay Hall thinks so. Stevie Smith visited the Quadram Institute to learn how one lab is turning poo into new medical treatments.

Neonatal consultant Professor Paul Clarke is first to admit he’s ‘obsessed’ with giving premature babies a better chance at life. Stevie Smith visits Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit at Norwich Research Park to see the incredible work he’s doing.

Each month we meet the scientists, change makers, educators and technicians working at the pioneering heart of Norwich Research Park to hear how their work is shaping the world we live in. Explore the series here.

Each month we meet the scientists, change makers, educators and technicians working at the pioneering heart of Norwich Research Park to hear how their work is shaping the world we live in. Explore the series here.

A plant scientist working at Norwich Research Park, Samantha Fox is a passionate champion of the next generation and believes you don’t have to fit the stereotype of a ‘traditional’ scientist to work in STEM, as Stevie Smith finds out.

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