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NASA Awards Space Radiobiology Research Grants
NASA’s Human Research Program will fund 12 proposals to help investigate questions of astronaut health and performance on future space exploration missions.

Science and technical experts from academia and government laboratories reviewed the submitted proposals before selecting 12 winners covering 9 states and representing 12 institutions, listed below.

  • Jack Bergman, McLean Hospital, Long-term effects of space radiation in nonhuman primates
  • Sandeep Burma, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Radiation and gliomagenesis: a sensitive model system to evaluate the tumorigenic potential of HZE particles
  • Jaroslaw Dziegielewski, University of Virginia, Effects of prolonged exposure to space radiation on carcinogenesis and neuroendocrine differentiation in human prostate models
  • Peter Grabham, Columbia University, Development and use of human 3-Dimensional tissue culture models for the study of space radiation effects on the central nervous system
  • Lora Green, Loma Linda University, Mechanisms of Low Dose HZE Alteration of Neuronal-Astrocytic Coupling: The Role of Purinergic Receptors and Calcium Signaling
  • Janice Huff, Universities Space Research Association, Impact of Radiation Quality on Cancer Processes in 2D and 3D Esophageal Cell Models
  • Dennis Kucik, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mechanisms, early events, and dose dependence of radiation-induced atherosclerosis
  • Howard Liber, Colorado State University, Radiation quality and the relationship between induced telomere dysfunction and mutagenesis
  • Mamta Naidu, Brookhaven National Lab, High LET-radiation induced DNA repair mechanisms in Oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPC) in vitro and in vivo
  • Marianne Sowa, Battelle, Pacific Northwest Division, Integrated experimental and computational study of radiation induced matrix remodeling in a human skin equivalent
  • Mitchell Turker, Oregon Health & Science University, The Relation Between Mutagenesis and Genomic Instability After Particle Exposure In Vivo
  • Paul Yaswen, E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Epigenetic effects of radiation on epithelial cell self-renewal