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Space Biosciences at Ames

Bringing life into space. Life is challenged by the extreme environments of spaceflight. The lower gravity levels in space and on the moon and Mars have a wide range of harmful effects on humans and other living organisms. Away from Earth, there is no air, food, and water apart from what we bring with us. Radiation levels are much higher in deep space than on Earth, posing significant health risks. These challenges must be faced if we are to explore the moon, Mars, and beyond.

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Who We Are

In the Space Biosciences Division at NASA’s Ames Research Center, we perform the biological research and technology development necessary to tackle these challenges and enable NASA’s long-term human exploration mission.

Ames Bioengineering Branch


Flight Systems Implementation Branch

Flight Systems Implementation

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Space Biosciences Research

About Us

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Division Management

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What We Do

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Meet the SC Division Management Team

Amela Zanačić

Deputy Division Chief (Acting)

Yasaman Shirazi, PhD

Bioengineering Branch Chief

Flight Systems Implementation Branch Chief

Elizabeth Pane

Flight Systems Implementation Assistant Branch Chief

Dr. Christina Johnson

Space Biosciences Research Branch Chief

Ahleah Rohr Daniel

Space Biosciences Research Deputy Branch Chief

Amy Gresser

Ames Space Biology Portfolio Manager

Ames Space Biology Deputy Portfolio Manager

Jonathan Galazka, PhD

Ames Space Biology Portfolio Scientist (Acting)

Egle Cekanaviciute, PhD

Ames Human Research Program Project Manager