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Academy of Bioastronautics

Dr. Laurence Young, Apollo program professor emeritus of astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, heads TRISH's Academy of Bioastronautics. The academy provides a virtual, interactive forum for early career scientists - many of them TRISH postdoctoral fellows.

The virtual venue allows for mentorship and guidance from the renowned Dr. Young. It gives an opportunity for these investigators to provide updates on their research and ask technical questions while building a community and increasing their professional network.

2019 Sessions

Dr. Steve Mayo, March 27, 2019

During the March 2019 AoB meeting, we were joined by Dr. Steve Mayo, Bren Professor of Biology and Chemistry and William K. Bowes Jr. Leadership Chair of the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. 

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Dr. Susan Bloomfield, April 24, 2019

Dr. Susan Bloomfield, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education & Human Development and Professor of Kinesiology at Texas A&M University, joined the Academy of Bioastronautics to share her insights. Topics included her own career and professional experience at Texas A&M, as well as helpful advice for pursuing a similar path.  

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Dr. Lindsay Haggett, May 15, 2019

During the May 2019 AoB meeting, the Academy of Bioastronautics heard from postdoc Lindsey Haggett, Ph.D. at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Haggett discussed her research progress and goals for her TRISH-funded project, "Mechanisms of protection from radiation by natural proteins."

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Dr. Michael Friedman, June 26, 2019

During the June 2019 AoB meeting, the Academy of Bioastronautics heard from postdoc Michael Friedman, Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Friedman discussed his project, "Genetic Variability in Microgravity-Induced Bone and Muscle Loss."

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Dr. Hamsa Balakrishnan, Aug. 14, 2019

During the August 2019 AoB meeting, the Academy of Bioastronautics heard from Hamsa Balakrishnan, Associate Department Head and an Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Balakrishnan is also the Director of Transportation@MIT.

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2018 AoB Sessions

AoB Session 6: Karina Marshall-Goebel, Ph.D., presents Sept. 12, 2018

Dr. Marshall-Goebel is from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. She provided a synopsis and status of her TRISH-funded research, "Assessment of Artificial Gravity as a Countermeasure to Cephalad Fluid Shifting." Mentor: Quan Zhang, Ph.D.

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AoB Session 5: Vivekanand Vimal, Ph.D., presents June 27, 2018

Dr. Vimal from Brandeis University in Waltham, Maine provided a synopsis and status of his TRISH-funded research, "Predicting individual differences in learning to manually stabilize attitude in a space flight analog environment." Mentor: Paul DiZio, Ph.D.

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AoB Session 4: Miguel Jimenez, Ph.D., presents May 23, 2018

Dr. Jimenez is part of the Robert Langer lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. He provided a synopsis and status of Dr. Lang's TRISH-funded research, "Gastrointestinal devices for long-term in situ delivery of therapeutic microbes."

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AoB Session 3: Micaela Cunha, Ph.D., presents April 26, 2018

Dr. Cunha from Columbia University in New York City, N.Y. provided a synopsis and status of her TRISH-funded research, "A mechanistic framework to assess the efficacy of aspirin and other radioprotectors to reduce carcinogenesis by space radiations." Mentor: David Brenner, Ph.D. 

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AoB Session 2: Heather Allaway, Ph.D., presents Feb. 21, 2018

Dr. Allaway from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas provided a synopsis and status of her TRISH-funded research, "Will use of long-acting, reversible contraceptives mitigate bone loss in female rats during simulated exploration class missions?" Mentor: Susan Bloomfield, Ph.D.

AoB Session 1: Dr. Larry Young kicks off the Academy of Bioastronautics Jan. 24, 2018

Drs. Larry Young and Dorit Donoviel kicked off the inaugural class of the Academy of Bioastronautics (AoB) during NASA's Human Research Program Investigators' Workshop in Galveston, Texas. The meet and greet served as an opportunity for the AoB participants - many of them TRISH postdoctoral fellows - to connect in person, meet TRISH members and set the course for the upcoming year.