Exploring Analytical Science, a podcast produced by Agilent Technologies in partnership with Imperial, profiles work by researchers at the Agilent Measurement Suite, an advanced analytical science facility in Imperial’s White City Campus.

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Hosted by a BBC science broadcaster and Imperial lecturer Gareth Mitchell, the seven-episode series also provides insights into the technologies used by analytical scientists, the role of university–industry partnerships, and the future of analytical science in the next ten years.

Episode 1 - Listen to the key players involved in the Agilent Measurement Suite partnership at Imperial College London. Discover how the AMS came about, what it is used for and why it is so important for the future of analytical science.

Episode 2 - The chemistry of cheese. Dr Lisa D Haigh from the Department of Chemistry, who explains how she is using analytical techniques such as mass spectrometry to understand how regional differences in cheesemaking affect not only the flavour but the chemical composition of cheese.

Episode 3 - Screening for risk of pre-term birth. Loukia Petrou, a medical student and PhD student in the Department of Bioengineering, who talks about her work to develop a point-of-care screening test for prediction of pre-term birth using microRNA biomarkers

Episode 4 - Treatment for neurodegerative diseases. Maria Elena Piersimoni, a PhD researcher at Imperial and Senior Scientist at Pfizer R&D UK, who discusses her research on the use of gold nanoparticles in the treatment of oxidative stress in neurodegenerative diseases.

Episode 5 - Forensic science. Dr Trevor Ferris, Facility Manager at the Agilent Measurement Suite, who discusses his research in forensic science, including how chemicals found in fingerprints can be used to identify individuals who have been involved in preparing drugs like heroin and cocaine for sale.

Episode 6 - Cell and gene therapy delivery. Dr James Rushworth, an Imperial alumnus and researcher at biotechnology startup SixFold Bioscience, who discusses the company’s work to develop a novel delivery system for cell and gene therapies.

Episode 7 – A discussions about the applications and challenges of analytical science.  In the final episode of the series, the panel include Agilent scientists and Imperial College London academics did a deeper dive into the role of technological and digital advances in analytical instrumentation and how these developments made possible to move science forward.