Since 2015, Genes in Space has been proud to offer students access to an unparalleled scientific resource: the International Space Station (ISS).
By now, thousands of students have raised their hands to contribute ideas to the advancement of space biology. Together, the group of student researchers who have launched experiments through our program have significantly expanded the technical capabilities of the ISS and contributed to our nascent understanding of how the conditions of space impact living things.
2015 USAAnna-Sophia BoguraevFox Lane High School, NYPROJECT
To test the effect of cosmic radiation and microgravity on the immune system. Read more.Launched to space in April 2016 LINK TO PAPER
Successful amplification of DNA aboard the International Space Station WATCH VIDEO ON ANNA-SOPHIA’S PROJECT
2016 USAJulian RubinfienStuyvesant High School, NYPROJECT
To measure the length of telomeres in space. Read more.Launched to space in April 2017 LINK TO PAPER
Nucleic acid detection aboard the International Space Station by colorimetric loop‐mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) WATCH VIDEO ON JULIAN’S PROJECT
2016 UAEAlia Al MansooriAl Mawakeb School, DubaiPROJECT
To study gene expression changes in space that might help protect astronauts from unwanted cell death. Read more.Launched to space in August 2017 LINK TO PAPER
Gene expression studies using a miniaturized thermal cycler system on board the International Space Station
2018 USAAarthi Vijayakumar, David Li, Michelle Sung, and Rebecca LiMounds View High School & Woodbury High School, MNPROJECT
To use CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing as a tool to investigate double-strand break repair in microgravity. Read more.Launched to space in May 2019
2019 USAFinsam Samson & Yujie WangTroy High School, MIPROJECT
To study how spaceflight affects the expression of genes involved in neural function.Launching in 2020