Dominique H. Haag from Vancouver, as a microbiology student, was attracted by the astrobiology topics in SpaceLife and is now supervised by the SpaceLife Doctoral Candidate Petra Schwendner. He works on the topic „Microbes hitchhiking to space“ at the DLR Institute of Aerospace Medicine, in the Astrobiology Group led by Dr. Petra Rettberg.
Katlyn Taylor, also from Canada (Winnipeg, Manitoba), has already worked on a cellular signaling pathway, the Nuclear Factor kB pathway, which is also important in the cellular response to space radiation, and with reporter proteins such as Green Fluorescent Protein. At the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, she is integrated in the Cellular Biodiagnostics Group of Dr. Christa Baumstark-Khan. SpaceLife Doctoral Candidate Arif A. Chishti advises her in using constitutive expression of a red fluorescent protein, tdTomato, as cytotoxicity and proliferation marker. Furthermore, she is involved in a toxicological project on Nuclear Factor kB activation by different chemicals.
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