March 18th, 2024

Genes in Space 2020 winner Kristoff Misquitta Publishes Research

space bio camp 2021 kristoff P51 Kristoff testing the Genes in Space Fluorescence Viewer while piloting his experiment

The high school student winner of the 2020 Genes in Space competition, Kristoff Misquitta (now 21), has published the results of his investigation in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. The publication validates the use of a novel, inexpensive fluorescence viewer for rapid molecular diagnostics in space. Previously, such experimental readouts required samples to be returned to Earth and needed large, specialized equipment that is ill-suited for resource-limited environments such as the International Space Station (ISS).