About Us

The (Un)Scientific Method

The (Un)Scientific Method is a podcast uncovering the stories of young scientists and their journeys. Every episode features a scientist to be interviewed to find the who, why, and how of what they do. Because the process of science is carried through the humans who do it.

Our Team

Beth Castle

Beth is a PhD student in the School of Biomedical Engineering at UBC. Her research focuses on how the environment around blood stem cells impacts their ability to develop into various blood cell types. When not at the lab bench, she loves to be outside: hiking, surfing, and biking in the summer, snowboarding and snowshoeing in the winter.

Candice Ip

Candice is a MSc student in Physics at UBC. She’s currently studying how magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to measure cancer in our bodies. Outside of research, she enjoys hiking, testing new ice cream recipes, and also taking regular images on old film cameras.

Laura Stankiewicz

Laura is a PhD student in the School of Biomedical Engineering at UBC. Her research focuses on understanding how immune cells develop so that we can learn to make these cells in the lab and use them to fight cancer. Outside of the lab you can catch her seeking sunlight and adventure, usually rowing on the river or hiking in the mountains.

Sarah Dada

Sarah is a bioinformatics PhD student at the BC Cancer Agency with UBC. Her research uses new genetic sequencing methods to create personalized diagnosis and treatment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sarah loves hanging out with friends, meeting new people, rec sports, simple instruments, starry nights, and trying new things.

Sofia Ramirez

Sofia is a bookseller and editor in Toronto, ON. She studied English and Sociology in her undergrad and then went on to study book publishing and book editing. As a kid, she always loved science class. But as she grew older, she realized that her talents were less with scientific facts and more with language and words. With the (Un)Scientific Method, she gets to work with extremely talented, extremely bad-ass scientists to explain their research to you in accessible, easy-to-understand episodes.

Richard Xiang

Richard is a 3rd year undergraduate student studying Biology. He has always found joy in learning more about the amazing animals that live in this world, especially when it comes to birds (or birbs, as he likes to call them). When he’s not chasing squirrels away from his bird feeder, he enjoys wildlife and landscape photography, trying out new foods, and golfing.

Emily Dart

Emily graduated from UBC with her Bachelors in Kinesiology and Masters in Management. She has worked with podcasts since 2020 and loves sharing stories and connecting people. She loves reading, being in the outdoors and new adventures.

Jen Ma

Jen did her PhD in Stem Cell Bioengineering and is now pursuing her career in Science Communication and Art. Her goal is to make science more accessible and gentle for everyone. You can check out her work @GentleFactsWeekly on Instagram, where she shares evidence-based info through soothing art. When she’s not fact-checking or painting, she is usually exploring nature or food.

Shayda Swann

Shayda is an MD/PhD student in the Department of Experimental Medicine. Her research focuses on healthy aging in women living with HIV. In her spare time, she loves baking, running, and spending time with her cat Fergie.