STAR-3 Course Participants (2022-2023) | Directorate of Scientific Thesis

Santosh Arol, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral researcher, Mayo Clinic.
Neurobiological engineering.

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Manuela Bonanno, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Columbia University.
space radiation.

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Katrina Carter, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral researcher, University of Oregon.
Exercise Cardiovascular Physiology and Biology.

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Hugo Castillo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Microbiology in Space.

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Lauren Cornell, Ph.D., MA
Research Scientist, Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland Air Force Base.
Military biomedicine.

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Val Fajardo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Brock University, Canada.
Muscle biology.

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Melanie Ferlazzo, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral researcher, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization, Australia.
Molecular and Cellular Radiobiology.

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Silvana Hassania, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, AstraZeneca, UK.
Cancer Genomics and Bioinformatics.

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Christina Johnson, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral researcher, NASA Kennedy Space Center.
Effects of microgravity on plants.

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Jang Keun Kim, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral researcher, Weill Cornell Medicine.
Multi-omics and genetic engineering.

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Sally Kim, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Amherst College.
Zinc acts in the mitochondria.

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Ryan Kubis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Northeastern University.
Microphysiological platforms for organs on a chip.

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Rafael Loreiro, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina.
Plant responses to environmental stresses.

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Devon Lundin, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral researcher, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
DNA replication and repair.

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Pedro Madrigal, Ph.D.
Senior Bioinformatics Expert, European Bioinformatics Institute – European Molecular Biology Laboratory, UK.
Bioinformatics and space omics.

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Nozomi Nishimura, Ph.D.
Associate Professor at Cornell University.
In vivo imaging of neurodegeneration and cerebrospinal fluid flow.

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Janice Bluth, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Radiation carcinogenesis.

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David Povero, Ph.D., MA
Assistant Professor, Mayo Clinic.
Fat metabolism and liver cancer.

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Erica Reese, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral researcher, Luciana State Health University, Shreveport.
Genomic engineering of radiation protection.

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Opal Roy, Ph.D.<
Assistant Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Neuroimmunology and Neurotherapy

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Shannon Robert, Ph.D.
Director of the Martian Desert Research Station.
Teaching space science and analog missions.

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Benjamin Sykes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Kansas.
Fungal ecology in space.

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Eric Today, MD, PhD.
Assistant Professor, University of Utah.
Cardiovascular health.

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Michael Wiggs, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Baylor University.
Exercise physiology and muscle biology.

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Ditina Zalli, Ph.D.
Director of Pre-Medical Studies, University of Cambridge, UK.
Genomic medicine and science education.