Dissertation on Arabidopsis and Microgravity is Comprehensive, Powerful

Christina Johnson, a PhD candidate at the Miami University Graduate School has completed her dissertation on Arabidopsis Thaliana grown in microgravity. Dr. Johnson analyzed data from STS-131 (BRIC-16).  STS-131 was a shuttle launch in April of 2010.  STS-131 has yielded valuable data for astrobotany researchers.  Other papers include Kwon et al., 2015, which examined transcriptional response to spaceflight […]

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A long day in the lab… but thankful for it.

Hi guys, it’s Kai here.  If some of you follow the site closely you may know that I run astrobotany.com as well as astrobotany.org.  I’m also a researcher in the Gilroy Lab, but now I am transitioning into an educator/business/communication role in the team.  This semester I have the opportunity to work A LOT in […]

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Site Renovation

Hi all, I’m excited to announce that astrobotany.com is going to undergo some changes in the coming months. First off, I would like to say I am so privileged to have the opportunity to work in the Gilroy Lab, and to work on the emerging discipline of spaceflight plant biology.  This commitment to science is […]

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Spaceflight Experiment Opportunity: ASGSR’s Ken Souza Award

If you have an idea for an experiment that requires microgravity, consider applying for the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR)’s Ken Souza Award. If your proposal is selected you will receive a $1,000 grant and a free payload sample on Blue Origins New Shepard rocket in 2018. If you are interested please apply […]

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Problems pop up fast, but science responds faster (check out the new clinostat)

It’s natural for people to worry about the future. Our generation worries about things that are especially pressing: climate change, overpopulation, destruction of habitats, etc. These issues are concerning, but I am continually amazed at how fast we respond to these problems. Science moves quickly; so quickly we often take it for granted. A hundred […]

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Astrobotany Outreach at UW Science Expeditions

Today, I headed over with members of the Gilroy Lab to the UW Health Sciences Learning Center to participate in Science Expeditions 2017. Science Expeditions is a public event where different researchers around the University present their work. Our focus for the day was plant cell biology and microscopy, but we talked about astrobotany research […]

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Astrobotany Research Drives Invention and Can Also Be Difficult…

Yesterday, myself and some other members of the lab headed over to the very cool Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery building (the “WID”) to do some learning. The learning in question was a quick course on the basics of a new research device. One of our very talented engineers, Jerry Miao, is developing a much needed […]

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What Are Some of the Challenges of Growing Plants in Space?

We’ve created a new page, Challenges of the Void, which explores the factors of space that impact plant biology.  Check it out!  It’s in the lab. Here is what it entails so far. Surviving a Space Environment One of humanity’s greatest shifts was a switch from hunter-gatherer clans to an agrarian type society. By becoming stewards of […]

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