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Seeking A Scientist

The future is scary, but it doesn’t have to be. On Seeking A Scientist from KCUR Studios, Kate The Chemist is guiding us into the great unknown, from fungus zombies to feeling young forever.

Together, we'll puzzle out what our world could look like — and how we can get ready.

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Dr. Kate Biberdorf
Dr. Kate Biberdorf

About Dr. Kate Biberdorf

Dr. Kate Biberdorf is a chemist, science entertainer, and professor at The University of Texas. Through her theatrical and hands-on approach to teaching, Dr. Biberdorf is breaking down the image of the stereotypical scientist, while reaching students who might otherwise be intimidated by science.

She is the author of the bestseller “The Big Book of Experiments,” “The Awesome Book of Edible Experiments,” the fiction series “Kate the Chemist,” and the nonfiction book “It’s Elemental: The Hidden Chemistry in Everything.” She's been profiled in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and appeared on “The Today Show,” “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” “NBC Nightly News,” “The Rachael Ray Show,” "Star Talk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson," and “Late Night with Stephen Colbert.”

Dr. Biberdorf lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, two dogs, and one very grumpy cat. Learn more about her on her website, and follow her on TikTok, Instagram, Twitterand Facebook.


Seeking A Scientist is a production of KCUR Studios and a member of the NPR Podcast Network. Brought to you by the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, where scientists work to accelerate our understanding of human health and disease.