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Genetic Assessment of the Space Environment Using MEMS Technologies Louisiana Tech University/Grambling State University/University of Louisiana at Lafayette/NASA Kennedy Space Center, Ames Research Center, Johnson Space Center, Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate, Space Technology Mission Directorate

Three universities from across the state of Louisiana are working to create an instrument that can be used by space biologists and other researchers to examine the effect of space radiation on living things. The focus of this project is to make the system completely autonomous, so that continuous biological testing can be performed from within hazardous environments without subjecting the scientists to harmful conditions. This requires the seamless integration of several technologies, an important element of which has been recently demonstrated. The research team has developed a way to automatically collect genetic material from a biological sample, and then transfer that material safely, quickly, and automatically into a process reactor for analysis. This achievement required the close collaboration of a biologists, physicists, and engineers. Graduate and Post-Graduate students working on various aspects of the project are shown in the pictures to the left.

Dr. Niel Crews, Science PI, Louisiana Tech University

NASA Technical Monitor: Dr. Ralph F. Fritsche

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EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

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