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NASA Selects 31 Space Biology Research Proposals
May 29, 2013
NASA has selected 31 experiments proposed to its most recent NRA "Research Opportunities in Space Biology". Selected experiments are being implemented immediately. NASA's Space Biology Program will fund 31 proposals to help investigate questions about how cells, plants and animals respond to changes in gravity. Nine flight experiments will be conducted on the International Space Station, 14 ground-based studies are designed to lead to the development of hypotheses to be tested on space station, and 8 proposals to collect preliminary data by investigators new to space biology.

Selected proposals are from 21 institutions in 13 states and will receive a total of about $14.9 million over a one- to four-year period. Scientific and technical experts from academia and government reviewed the proposals.

Ground-Based Studies

  • Susan Bloomfield, PhD, Texas A&M University, Iron Overload And Oxidative Damage: Regulators Of Bone Homeostasis In The Space Environment
  • Robert Ferl, PhD, University of Florida, Hypobaric Plant Biology - Molecular Responses Of Arabidopsis To The Low Atmospheric Pressures Of Spaceflight Vehicles And Planetary Habitats
  • Jamie Foster, PhD, University of Florida, Impact Of Microgravity On The Cell-Cell Interactions Between A Mutualistic Bacterium And Its Animal Host
  • Elizabeth Haswell, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, Mechanosensitive Ion Channels In Plants: Genetic, Computational And Systems-Level Approaches To Understanding Their Proposed Role In Gravity Perception
  • Larry Hoffman, PhD, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Gravity-Induced Plasticity In Mammalian Utricular Hair Cells: Intrinsic Or Multisensory?
  • Harry Hogan, PhD, Texas A&M University, Pre-Treatment Approaches For Improving The Response Of Bone To Disuse And Recovery
  • Xiao Wen Mao, MD, Loma Linda Universuty, Role of Oxidative Stress in Mediating the Effects of Combined Exposure to Simulated Microgravity and Radiation on Neurovascular Remodeling in Mouse
  • Satish Mehta, PhD, Johnson Space Center/Enterprise Advisory Services, Inc, Determination Of Roles Of Microgravity And Ionizing Radiation On The Reactivation Of Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Gabriele Monshausen, PhD, Pennsylvania State University, Defining The Role Of The Receptor Like Kinase FERONIA In Plant Architecture Development Under Mechanical Load
  • Cheryl Nickerson, PhD, Arizona State University, RNA Deep Sequencing and Metabolomic Profiling of Microgravity-Induced Regulation of the Host-Pathogen Interaction: An Integrated Systems Approach
  • Marcela Rojas-Pierce, PhD, North Carolina State University, The Role Of Vacuole Membrane Fusion In Plant Gravity Perception
  • Stanley Roux, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin, Rapid Signaling Changes Induced By Gravity In Cells Of The Fern Ceratopteris Richardii
  • Chandran Sabanayagam, PhD, University of Delaware, Epigenetic And Protein Expression Pattern Profiling Of Caenorhabditis Elegans Exposed To Time-Varying Gravitational Fields: A Multi-Generational Study
  • Clarence Sams, PhD, NASA Johnson Space Center, Integration Of Mechanotransduction And T-Cell Activation Thresholds: Understanding Of The Effects Of Mechanical Forces On Assembly And Integration Of Signal Transduction Machinery During T-Cell Activation

New Space Biology Investigators

  • Josephine Allen, PhD, University of Florida, Microgravity Effects On The Function Of Vascular Stem Cells
  • Joshua Alwood, PhD, NASA Ames Research Center, Bone Loss During Simulated Weightlessness: The Role of Osteoclasts
  • Lynn Harrison, PhD, LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, The Effect Of Microgravity On Mycobacteria
  • Adam Hsieh, PhD, University of Maryland, College Park, Effects Of Stem Cell Morphology And Motility On Osteogenesis In Microgravity
  • Zarana Patel, PhD, USRA DSLS, Development Of An Autonomous, Dual Chamber Bioreactor For The Growth Of 3-Dimensional Epithelial-Stromal Tissues In Microgravity
  • Kelly Rice, PhD, University of Florida, Investigation Of Microgravity Effects On Physiology, Global Gene Expression, And Biofilm Phenotypes Of The Caries-Causing Bacterium Streptococcus Mutants
  • Viktor Stolc, PhD, NASA Ames Research Center, Electromagnetic Basis of Metabolism and Heredity
  • Ye Zhang, PhD, NASA Johnson Space Center, Interphase Chromosome Conformation And Chromatin-Chromatin Interactions In Epithelial Cells Cultured Under Different Gravity Conditions

ISS Flight Experiments

  • Rolf Bodmer, PhD, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, The Effects Of Microgravity On Cardiac Function, Structure And Gene Expression Using The Drosophila Model
  • Michael Delp, PhD, University of Florida, Effects Of Microgravity On Cerebral Arterial, Venous And Lymphatic Function: Implications For Elevated Intracranial Pressure
  • Simon Gilroy, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, BRIC: Plant Mechanical Signaling During Spaceflight
  • Timothy Hammond, PhD, Durham VA Medical Center, Yeast Colony Survival In Microgravity Depends On Ammonia Mediated Metabolic Adaptation And Cell Differentiation
  • Michael Pecaut, PhD, Loma Linda University, Impact of Spaceflight on Primary and Secondary Antibody Responses
  • Joseph Tash, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center, Space Flight-Altered Motility Activation And Fertility-Dependent Responses In Sperm From Sea Urchin And Rodents
  • Kasthuri Venkateswaran, PhD, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, ISS Microbial Observatory - A Genetic Approach
  • Kasthuri Venkateswaran, PhD, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Bacterial, Archaeal, & Fungal Diversity of Kibo-JEM Surfaces
  • Sarah Wyatt, PhD, Ohio University,Proteomics Analysis Of Arabidopsis Seedlings In Microgravity
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