June 17th, 2019

Meet the 2019 Genes in Space Judges

Now that the five Genes in Space finalists have been identified, who decides which team's idea gets launched to the ISS? That's a job for our panel of seven distinguished judges. Next month at the ISS Research & Development conference, our finalists will present their ideas to the judges, who have the unenviable task of selecting a single winning team. Meet the professionals who will be judging this year's presentations below.

Carrie Arnold is a communications specialist at Boeing. Her focus is on the International Space Station.

Andres Lebensohn, Ph.D. is an investigator with the National Cancer Institute's Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology.

Suzette Nelson is a science educator and coordinator of the Gateway Honors Program at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn, NY. She is a Math for America Master Teacher.

Nicole Nichols, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of Applications and Product Development at New England Biolabs.

Zeke Alvarez Saavedra, Ph.D. is the co-founder and inventor of miniPCR. He is a geneticist and molecular biologist trained at MIT.

Philip Schein, M.D. is a medical oncologist and pharmacologist. He is Chairman of the Board, US National Laboratory on the International Space Station.

Sarah Wallace, Ph.D. is a NASA microbiologist. She is part of the team that directed the first DNA sequencing experiment in space.