so what exactly does a space biologist do??
Hi! So my particular research will be essentially trying to figure out why astronauts get sick in space. I’m using fruit flies as a model to study the human innate immune system, so I’ll be sending a bunch of fruit flies to the space station and looking at their ability to survive infection once we bring them back. I’ll also be studying how being in space affects bacteria, since we know that microgravity causes changes to pathogens as well (it makes them more lethal). Since we will hopefully be sending people to Mars soon, it’s important to make sure that we can protect our bodies from the harsh effects of long-term space travel!