UH undergrad student Sawan Dalal has been selected for NASA's Space Life Sciences Training Program. Sawan works in HHP faculty Dr. Christopher Arellano's lab. He will spend the summer at NASA's Ames Research Center in San Francisco working on the BioSentinel research project to develop space radiation biosensors through a yeast model.
As part of the internship he will receive a $6500 stipend, free housing on-site and will tour several aerospace facilities (SpaceX, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, etc.) during the summer.
The BioSentinel mission was selected in 2013 as one of the secondary payloads to fly on the Space Launch System's first Exploration Mission (EM-1) planned for launch in July 2018. The primary objective of BioSentinel is to develop a biosensor using a simple model organism to detect, measure, and correlate the impact of space radiation to living organisms over long durations beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO).
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About NASA's Space Life Sciences Training Program
The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) aims to produce technically skilled scientists and engineers with the potential to become leaders in the U.S. space program by providing a glimpse into the many disciplines that are required to conduct biological research in space. SLSTP provides undergraduate students entering their junior or senior years with professional experience in space life science disciplines. This challenging ten-week summer program is held at NASA’s Ames Research Center in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley where students work closely with renowned NASA scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research, benefiting from the concentration of bioscience expertise at Ames
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