2016 ISS R&D Conference - Keynote speaker: Dr. Eric Topol

ISS R&D Conference

Your Catalyst for Discovery

July 12-14, 2016

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2016 ISS R&D Conference - Keynote speaker: Dr. Eric Topol

ISS R&D Conference

Your Catalyst for Discovery

July 12-14, 2016

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2016 ISS R&D Conference - Keynote speaker: Dr. Sanjay Gupta

ISS R&D Conference

Your Catalyst for Discovery

July 12-14, 2016

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Your Catalyst for Discovery

July 12-14, 2016

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July 12-14, 2016


San Diego, CA


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ISS R&D Conference 2016

Join us at the International Space Station R&D Conference 2016 and learn how microgravity can serve as Your Catalyst for Discovery. During this interactive and intensive three-day conference, hear from leaders within the academic, commercial and government communities who are all leveraging the International Space Station and pushing their research to new heights.

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Your gateway to innovation, breakthroughs & discovery onboard the International Space Station.



Learn about game-changing science that will improve the way we live and work


Meet with expert researchers, business incubators, implementation partners, as well as, leaders from NASA and CASIS


Expand your knowledge with engaging sessions led by some of the brightest minds in space research


Get the latest news on existing and upcoming ISS research


Learn how to take advantage of opportunities to send your research to the ISS


Engage in new opportunities to advance the industry

Praise from ISS R&D 2015 Attendees


Dr. Sanjay Gupta - Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Emmy® Award-Winning
Chief Medical
Correspondent, CNN

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy® award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN's reporting on health and medical news for all of CNN's shows domestically and internationally, and contributes to CNN.com. Additionally, Dr. Gupta is the host of Vital Signs for CNN International and Accent Health for Turner Private Networks. As host of Vital Signs, Dr. Gupta took viewers aboard a mockup of the ISS to see how medical research in space is benefiting humanity.


Dr. Eric Topol - Keynote Speaker

Dr. Eric Topol

Scripps Research Institute
& Scripps Translational Science Institute

Eric Topol is a professor of genomics at the Scripps Research Institute, the director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI), and the chief academic officer for Scripps Health. As a researcher, he has published 1,100 peer-reviewed articles, with more than 165,000 citations, elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and is one of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine (Thomson Reuters ISI, “Doctor of the Decade”). He was the #1 most Influential physician leader in the United States in a national poll conducted by Modern Healthcare. He has edited several textbooks and published two bestseller books on the future of medicine: The Creative Destruction of Medicine and The Patient Will See You Now.

Astronaut Scott Kelly - Speaker

Scott Kelly

Former NASA Astronaut

Scott Kelly (Captain, USN, Ret.) recently returned from 340 days onboard the ISS, the longest continuous stay of any American astronaut in microgravity.

Dr. Eric Topol - Keynote Speaker

Mark Kelly

Former Nasa Astronaut

Mark Kelly (Captain, USN, Ret.) is a decorated astronaut who has logged approximately 54 days in space over the span of four separate shuttle missions.

Plenary Headliners

  • Robert Bigelow
    President, Bigelow Aerospace
  • John Elbon
    Vice President, Boeing
  • Brandon Farwell
    Partner, Rothenberg Ventures
  • William H. Gerstenmaier
    Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations, NASA
  • Millie Hughes-Fulford
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Greg Johnson
    President & Executive Director, CASIS
  • Michael Roberts
    Deputy Chief Scientist, CASIS
  • Julie Robinson
    Chief Scientist, International Space Station, NASA
  • Kirk Shireman
    Manager, International Space Station, NASA
  • Rosamund Smith
    Research Fellow, Biotechnology Discovery Research, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ellen Stofan
    Chief Scientist, NASA
  • Michael T. Suffredini
    President, Commercial Space Division, SGT

Event Location

Town and Country Resort &
Convention Center
500 Hotel CirCLE N
San Diego, CA 92108
ph: (619) 291-7131

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Conference Agenda

Registration Open

JAXA/NASA Joint Workshop: Maximizing the Outcome of the ISS and "Kibo"

In December 2015, the governments of Japan and U.S. announced the establishment of the Japan-U.S. Open Platform Partnership Program regarding the cooperative operation of the International Space Station through at least 2024. Through this program, JAXA and NASA encourage researchers and entities from both countries to mutually utilize experiment hardware between the ISS U.S. National Laboratory and the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM, or Kibo, which means “hope” in Japanese). This JAXA/NASA Joint Workshop presents major achievements of ISS/Kibo utilization as well as Kibo’s available experiment hardware and services for potential users to maximize the outcome of “Kibo” and the ISS.

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ISS Opportunity Workshop for New Users

This workshop is designed to connect and educate prospective researchers, entrepreneurs and financiers about the benefits, resources, and accessibility of using our nation’s only orbiting laboratory. In this engaging session, you’ll hear directly from R&D users, astronauts and program leaders about the best ways to accelerate your International Space Station (ISS) R&D initiatives. Discover how to leverage the unique capabilities and microgravity environment of the ISS to support research and business model development.

  • Learn why new-to-space users are conducting innovative research and technology development in space
  • Review and discuss benefits of research and technology demonstrations in microgravity
  • Get insight into the ISS mission, capabilities, and development roadmap
  • Get connected to key access points for using the ISS National Laboratory via CASIS and NASA, as well as to conference mentors who will help you further engage with the ISS R&D Community
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Opening Reception


Welcome: Kirk Shireman

Introductions and ISS Program Perspectives

Morning Keynote: Dr. Eric Topol, Scripps Research Institute, Scripps Translational Science Institute, and the Scripps Health & Dr. Ellen Stofan, NASA

Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and one of the leading minds in medicine, will discuss his work in genomics and digital medicine as a featured keynote speaker at ISSRDC. Dr. Topol will be joined by Dr. Ellen Stofan, NASA’s chief scientist, for an insightful discussion on the future of digital medicine, the impact of space science on current genomics studies, and how digital medicine is changing healthcare delivery both on Earth and in space.


Markets in Motion: Developing Markets in Lower Earth Orbit

Session panelists will focus on four development areas that are already finding or targeting established customer groups with the potential to develop into markets in low Earth orbit: biological/pharmaceutical, Earth imaging, materials science, and space transportation.

2016 Innovations: Physical & Materials Science in Space

The International Space Station is a premier facility for physical and materials science research, particularly for commercial objectives. Microgravity provides the opportunity to synthesize materials that have more ordered molecular structure, due to lack of convection and buoyancy in the solidification process. Moreover, the suppression of these forces provides a pure environment in which to observe physical phenomena and material behavior that can’t easily be seen on Earth. The harsh space environment also allows for accelerated material degradation through rapid temperature cycling, atomic oxygen exposure, and extreme ultraviolet radiation. This session will explore how commercial companies are utilizing the ISS to develop, observe, or test products and processes in a way that cannot be replicated anywhere else—enabling commercial product advancement on Earth and potentially paving the way to future industrial use of space as a manufacturing platform.

Luncheon Keynote: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, Former Astronauts Mark & Scott Kelly, Flight Surgeon Dr. Stevan Gilmore, and Twin Studys Investigator Dr. Andrew Feinberg , John’s Hopkins University

This special keynote presentation will feature a conversation between Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, and former NASA Astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly. The discussion will focus on Scott Kelly’s “Year in Space” mission, the impact of the Twins Study, and how ISS research is advancing personalized medicine to benefit life on Earth.

Technical Breakout Sessions

Six concurrent tracks - More Info

The New Dawn of Global Space: Space Agency Initiatives on the ISS and Beyond to Promote Entrepreneurial, Commercial, and Academic Utilization of Space

Innovation and opportunity around humans in space is reaching new heights as activities on the ISS demonstrate the potential for microgravity research and technology development to expand knowledge for exploration and Earth benefits. This panel will feature senior representatives from ISS partner agencies discussing facilities and capabilities on ISS that are fueling discovery, current and planned initiatives on ISS, and the future of research and development in low Earth orbit as continued efforts to promote partnership, collaboration and competition on the ISS, with an expanding commercial presence, continue to materialize.


  • William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA
  • Bernhard Hufenbach, Head of Strategic Planning Office, Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Exploration, European Space Agency
  • Takashi Hamazaki, Director General, Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate, JAXA
  • Gilles Leclerc, Director General, Space Exploration, Canadian Space Agency
  • Marybeth Edeen, Manager, ISS Research Integration Office, NASA (MODERATOR)

Networking Reception

Sponsored by Boeing

Morning Kickoff

Welcome & Announcements

Morning Keynote: Salvatore T. “Tory” Bruno, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Launch Alliance

Virtual Reality: Enabling Space Presence for All


From the New ISS Customer Experience to New Knowledge

NASA's International Space Station Program is pursuing strategic efforts to maximize ISS research to increase laboratory throughput and repeated research opportunities, attract new users, and further utilize the ISS as a proving ground for viable commerce in space. This panel will feature existing ISS users and NASA’s ISS Program management team discussing current research, the evolution of the ISS Program, and how space commercialization, via the ISS, is connected to NASA’s vision for exploration.


  • Joel Montalbano, Deputy Manager, ISS Utilization, NASA
  • Dr. Molly Macauley, Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Dr. Margaret Clements, President, Center for Knowledge Diffusion

International Space Station as the Gateway for Humankind’s Future in Space and on Earth: Next Generation View

This session will highlight the active work of students and young professionals on the ISS. These next-generation researchers will discuss their experiences in translating their ground studies into spaceflight experiments, the benefits of microgravity research, and the overall impact of their research endeavors.

Luncheon Keynote: Exponential Tech: Investments, Innovation, & Disruption on the Road Ahead

Technical Breakout Sessions

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International Space Station Research to Advance Health on Earth

In an era of increasing human longevity, it is becoming ever more critical to prioritize not only improved treatment of disease but also approaches for maintaining wellness to preserve the quality of life for aging adults. Spaceflight-induced physiological changes represent deviations from this state of wellness, with some phenotypes serving as accelerated models of Earth-based conditions, including musculoskeletal disease, immune dysfunction, and delayed wound healing. Research onboard the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory seeks to exploit these spaceflight-induced physiological effects to improve human health on Earth through studies that advance the prevention, detection, and treatment of disease. In parallel, spaceflight research and development efforts also seek to improve the human condition by employing the space environment to advance diagnostic tools and drug discovery, development, and delivery systems.


  • Dr. Bess Dawson-Hughes, Senior Scientist and Director, Bone Metabolism Laboratory, Tufts University
  • Dr. Millie Hughes-Fulford, Scientific Advisor to the Under Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, San Francisco VA Health Care System
  • Rosamund Smith, Senior Research Director of Regenerative Biology, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Dr. Lawrence DeLucas, Aerospace Corporation


Morning Kickoff

Welcome & Announcements

Genes in Space: A National STEM Competition Launching DNA Experiments to the ISS

ISS & Beyond: Habs, Labs, and Platforms, from Lower Earth Orbit to Deep Space

This session will consider and discuss the role played by the International Space Station as an exploration testbed and in creating markets that extend beyond low Earth orbit (LEO). The ISS is a critical technical testbed for deep-space exploration system and subsystem development and as a testbed for the development of business in space that might be sustained in LEO or beyond, once the ISS is gone. Panelists will consider international partnerships; the development of specialized equipment or facilities; customer expectations; and the development of human-operated, human-tended, autonomous or passive platforms in LEO or in Cislunar space.


  • Mary Lynne Dittmar, Executive Director, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration
  • John Elbon, Vice President, Boeing Space Exploration
  • Sam Scimemi, Director of International Space Station, NASA
  • Robert Bigelow, President, Bigelow Aerospace
  • Michael Suffredini, President, Commercial Space Division, SGT


Lower Earth Orbit Commercialization: Space-based R&D and Manufacturing

By the end of 2017, NASA plans to purchase both crew and cargo delivery services to the International Space Station from commercial suppliers. Near the planned end-of-life for ISS, NASA intends to transition low Earth orbit (LEO) operations from government-led to commercially-driven as a result of greater involvement from the private sector. CASIS has seen increasing demand for use of the ISS National Lab to support research and development in numerous fields. This session will highlight the R&D opportunities in low Earth orbit ranging from LEO commercialization efforts related to advancing protein crystal growth studies for drug discovery and delivery; stem cell, organs-on-chips, and vascularized tissue research for organ bioengineering; and use of 3D printing capabilities and superior optical fiber manufacturing for on-orbit production.


  • Adam Bluestein, Contributing Innovation Writer, Fast Company (Moderator)
  • Dr. Michael Hickey, Research Scientist, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Dr. Danilo Tagle, Associate Director, Special Initiatives, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health
  • Andrew Rush, President, Made In Space

Breaking STEM Gender Barriers at 17,500 MPH: Women in STEM on the International Space Station

This session explores the barriers that women face when pursuing education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The featured panel represents three generations of women whose work has been centered on the International Space Station. They will share and discuss the experiences, inspirations, opportunities, and strategies that enabled them to break through gender barriers and discuss methods for addressing and eliminating them in the future.


  • Jennifer Lopez, Commercial Innovation Manager, CASIS
  • Dr. Millie Hughes-Fulford, Scientific Advisor to the Under Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, San Francisco VA Health Care System; ISS Principal Investigator, NCIRE; Mission Specialist, STS-40
  • Anna-Sophia Boguraev, 2015 Genes in Space Winner, Current ISS Researcher
  • Jan Hess, Teledyne Technologies Incorporated Segment President, Engineered Systems, Teledyne Brown Engineering

Luncheon Keynote and International Space Station Awards

Plenary Close

Remarks, reminders and thanks

Technical Breakout Sessions

Six concurrent tracks - More Info

Special Viewing of A Beautiful Planet, an IMAX Entertainment Film

A breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before.

Technical Breakout Sessions

Royal Palm Salon 1 | 2:00PM - 4:00PMChair: Kip McClung, Boeing

Economic Readiness Level Considerations for a Robust LEO Economy

Ioana Cozmuta
Space Portal, NASA Ames Research Center

The Application of a Commercial Method to the Refurbishment and Reflight of the SUBSA Furnace System

Reggie Spivey
Teledyne Brown Engineering

Bartolomeo - Commercial External Payload Hosting Facility On ISS

Per Christian Steimle
Airbus Defence and Space

Space‐to‐Space Power Beaming – A Commercial Mission to Unbundle Space Power Systems to Foster Space Applications

Gary Barnhard
Xtraordinary Innovative Space Partnerships, Inc (XISP-Inc)

Space Commerce Legal and Regulatory Framework – A Perspective from NASA Office of General Counsel

Margaret Roberts

Royal Palm Salon 2 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM Chair: Millie Hughes-Fulford, UCSF, NCIRE

Investigation of the Effect of Microgravity on Bone Marrow Stromal Cell Growth and Infiltration on an Optimized 3D Structured Scaffold

Armin Ahmadi
Sharif University of Technology

The Effect of Microgravity on Stem Cell Mediated Re-cellularization

Alessandro Grattoni
Houston Methodist Research Institute

Transient Gene and Microrna Expression Profile Changes of Confluent Human Fibroblast Cells in Space

Ye Zhang
NASA Kennedy Space Center

Simulated Microgravity and 3D Culture Enhance Cardiomyocyte Differentiation

Chunhui Xu
Emory University School of Medicine

Simulated Microgravity Alters Gene Expression Patterns That Impact Differentiation of Human Neonatal Cardiovascular Progenitors

Jonathan Baio
Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Royal Palm Salon 3 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM Chair: Narasimha S. Prasad, NASA LaRC


Stacey Boland
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory / California Institute of Technology

OCO-3 on ISS: Overview of Science Objectives and Status

Annmarie Eldering
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory / California Institute of Technology

Ground Testing and Operations Planning to Support Commercial Earth Imaging and Hosted Payloads from the ISS with the Teledyne MUSES Facility

Mark Whorton
Teledyne Brown Engineering

Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Terrestrial Ecosystem Productivity from ISS

Karl Huemmrich
University of Maryland Baltimore County

TSIS on the International Space Station: Continuity of the Solar Irradiance Data Record

Peter Pilewskie
University of Colorado at Boulder

Geocam Space: Enhancing Handheld Digital Camera Imagery from the International Space Station for Research and Applications

Michael Dille
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc.

Royal Palm Salon 4 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM Chair: Keith Kreutzberg, Wyle

A Year In Space: Goals and Plans for Future Year-Long Expeditions Aboard the International Space Station

William Paloski
NASA Human Research Program

Miniature Exercise Device-2 – Compact Motorized Resistive and Aerobic Rowing Exercise Device

Fernando Zumbado
NASA Johnson Space Center

Everywear, a Personal Assistant for Astronauts

Maurice Marnat

Estimation of Leg-Muscle Mobilization During Walking on Mars and the Moon

Yoshinobu Ohira
Doshisha University

Using Art to Mitigate Psychological and Behavioral Risks in Long-Duration Space Flight

Anna Willieme
ArtMed inSight

Royal Palm Salon 5 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM Chair: Carlo Mirra, Airbus Defence and Space

The ISS Russian Segment as a Platform for Technology Development Experiments and Demonstrations for the Benefit of Human Missions Beyond a Low Earth Orbit

Igor Sorokin
S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia

Reducing Mission Logistics with Multipurpose Cargo Transfer Bags

Shelley Baccus
NASA Johnson Space Center

Challenges and Lessons Learned During Integration of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) to the International Space Station (ISS)

Rajib Dasgupta
NASA - Johnson Space Center - ISS Research Integration Office

Ground Test Results of a Wireless Acoustic Leak Detection and Localization System for the ISS

Casey Clark
University of Maine

Passive Thermal Exchange Systems for Manned Spacecraft: Technology Validation On-Board the International Space Station

Filomena Iorizzo
Argotec Srl

Royal Palm Salon 6 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM Chair: Jim Kukla, Wyle

Performance of an Active Watering System for VEGGIE

Oscar Monje
Engineering Services Contract, NASA Kennedy Space Center

Efficient Pollination in Microgravity

Kyle Rachman
Ambassador High School

Biological Research In Canisters - Light Emitting Diode (Bric-Led)

Allison Caron
ESC - Vencore

Capabilities of the New Plant Habitat Facility for ISS

Robert Richter
Orbital Technologies Corporation

Plant/Microbe Interactions Counter Negative Effects of Microgravity on Plant Growth

Gary Stutte

Exhibition | 5:30PM - 7:30PM Chair: Alan DeLuna, American Astronautical Society

Options for Upgrading the Publicly Accessible Earth Facing Cameras on the ISS and Why This Is Critical to STEM / Public Engagement

Liam Kennedy

The Packed Bed Reactor Experiment (PBRE): An Overview of Hardware and Science

Enrique Rame

The Use of Microgravity Simulators for Space Research

Ye Zhang
NASA Kennedy Space Center

ISS Falling Bodies Gravity Test (IFBGT)

David E. Ways
Arcticstar Design, Inc.

Utilizing ISS On-Board Resources to Maximize Science Output from the Burning and Suppression of Solids – II (BASS-II) Experiment

Sandra Olson
NASA Glenn Research Center

RISE(Ing) to the Occasion: Commercializing the ISS

Tracey Dodenhoff
Center for Research Innovation, Northeastern University

Earth Observation, the International Space Station (ISS), and Commercializing Low Earth Orbit (LEO):  A Review On Earth Observation Needs, ISS Objectives, and the Busin

David Zuniga
Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Using MISSE for Testing Materials in the Space Environment

Johnnie Engelhardt
Alpha Space Test and Research Alliance

Lightning Imaging Sensor on International Space Station

Steven Pavelitz

Computational Modeling of Space Physiology

Beth Lewandowski
NASA Glenn Research Center

Real-Time Omnidirectional Radiation Monitoring on the ISS with the MAPT Detector

Kris Kuehnel
Technische Universität München (TUM)

Spheres from Ground Development to ISS Operations

Aric Katterhagen
The Bionetics Company / NASA Ames Research Center

Development of the Halo Expansion Device and Experiments for SPHERES on the ISS

William Sanchez
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Space Systems Laboratory

Space Debris Detection and Tracking

Geeta Tripathi

The Impact of Visual-Spatial Discordance on the Changes of Kinematics of Upper Extremity During a Precision Pointing Task – A Preliminary Study

Chun-Kai Huang
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Innovation In Additive Manufacturing Via Analytics and Cloud Computing

Melvin Greer
Greer Institute for Leadership and Innovation

Measuring Science Motivation Among High School Youth Who Are Participating in the Juxtopia CAMMRAAD Challenge

Toks Fashola
Juxtopia / Johns Hopkins University / Medical Education and Research Academy

Advance Concepts of Understanding Life on Earth and Outer Space

Sandya Rao
Notion Robotics Lab

OSTEO-4: Early to Late Transcriptome Responses of Osteocytes Exposed to Microgravity During Spaceflight

Yuhei Uda
Boston University

Royal Palm Salon 1 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM Chair: Mario Cardano, Thales Alenia Space

New Phase of JEM (Kibo) Utilization and US-Japan Collaboration

Kazuya Suenaga
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Airbus DS Commercial Initiative: Providing Open Access to Airbus DS's Biological Payloads and Facilities on the ISS

Anna Grinberg
Airbus Defence and Space

New ISS 1E Payload Development Process and Lessons Learned by MED-2 Project

Fernando Zumbado
NASA Johnson Space Center

Plume Impingement Heating on the International Space Station: Challenges and Opportunities

Jeremiah Marichalar
GeoControl Systems

The ISS Payload Safety Review Process: Best Practices and Potential Pitfalls from an Experienced Payload Safety Data Package Author

Eric Harvey
Jacobs Engineering Technology Services (JETS)

Royal Palm Salon 2 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM Chair: Julia Stalder, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Stratospheric Aerosol & Gas Experiment (SAGE III) On International Space Station (ISS) Mission

Marilee Roell
NASA Langley Research Center

Monitor of All-Sky X-Ray Image (MAXI): Watching Stars in X-Ray from ISS

Tatehiro Mihara

Modular Orbital Demonstration of an Evolvable Space Telescope (MODEST)

Brian Baldauf
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

DoD Payloads on the ISS

James McLeroy
DoD Space Test Program

Campaign Good Earth: Advancing Commercial Remote Sensing Technologies on the ISS National Lab

Daniel Blaettler

Royal Palm Salon 3 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM Chair: Luis Zea, BioServe Space Technologies

Biofilm: The #1 Impediment to Long Duration Space Travel

Marilyn Bruno
Aequor, Inc.

Pre-Flight Characterization of the “Natural Products Under Microgravity (Npµg) Project” Fungi – A CASIS Flight Opportunity

KasThursdaysdayi Venkateswaran
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Advances In Rodent Research Missions On the International Space Station

Sungshin Choi
Wyle Labs

Novel Systemic Pegylated NELL-1 Therapy for Osteoporosis

Jin Hee Kwak

Genome-Wide Analysis of Spaceflight Effects on Murine Liver & Kidney

Timothy Hammond
Durham VA Medical Center / Duke University

The Effects of Hyper gravity on Cardiac Function and Structure Using Drosophila Melanogaster

Anjali Gupta
SBP Medical Discovery Institute

Royal Palm Salon 4 | 2:00PM - 4:00PMChair: Jonothan Volk, CASIS

Introduction of Materials and Physical Science Research Conducted in ISS “KIBO”

Masato Katsuta
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Ras Labs-CASIS-ISS NL Experiment for Synthetic Muscle:  Resistance to Ionizing Radiation

Lenore Rasmussen
Ras Labs, LLC

Erosion Data from the MISSE 8 Polymers Experiment After 2 Years of Space Exposure on the International Space Station

Kim de Groh
NASA Glenn Research Center

Developing the Narrow Channel Apparatus for Material Flammability Tests in Normal Gravity: A Comparison to Data Obtained on ISS

Fletcher Miller
San Diego State University

Development Status of the Cold Atom Laboratory Mission: T-Minus 12 Months to Launch

Anita Sengupta
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Liquid Repellant Coatings in Closed Containers

Jacob Roth

Royal Palm Salon 5 | 2:00PM - 4:00PMChair: George Freas, Boeing

Spacecraft Radiation Shielding by a Dispersed Array of Superconducting Magnets

David Chesny
Florida Institute of Technology

Long Duration Sorbent Testbed

David Howard
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Robotically Assisted EVA Gloves for ISS and Exploration

Jonathan Rogers
NASA Johnson Space Center

Designing and Building a Crew-Centric Mobile Scheduling and Planning Tool for Exploring Crew Autonomy Concepts Onboard the International Space Station

Steven Hillenius
NASA Ames Research Center

Halfway to Anywhere — Cis‐Lunar and Deep Space Cubesats Missions from ISS

Gary Barnhard
Xtraordinary Innovative Space Partnerships, Inc (XISP-Inc)

Royal Palm Salon 6 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM Chair: Narasimha S. Prasad, NASA LaRC

3D Printing in Zero G Technology Demonstration Mission: Summary of Phase I Operations

Tracie Prater
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Towards Autonomous Operations of the Robonaut 2 Humanoid Robotic Testbed

Charles Joyce
Oceaneering Space Systems

The Additive Manufacturing Facility: Accelerating Microgravity Research Through On-Demand Delivery of Hardware to the International Space Station

Matthew Napoli
Made In Space

Space Facility for Orbital Remote Manufacturing

Dmitry Starodubov
FOMS, Inc.

Building a Sustainable In-Space Manufacturing Ecosystem: Positrusion

Jesse Cushing
Tethers Unlimited, Inc.

Exhibition | 5:30PM - 7:30PM Chair: Alan DeLuna, American Astronautical Society

Enabling Synthetic Technologies Under Microgravity

Amanda Evans
California State University Fullerton

Gene Expression Data Supports Altered Extracellular Environment Model Governing Bacterial Behavior in Space

Luis Zea
BioServe Space Technologies

Citizen Science in the ISS Cupola: STEAM It Up! Preliminary Biometric Results Indicating the Impact of Astronaut Narrative and the Overview Effect on Public Engagement

Elizabeth Wallace

Detached Solidification of Germanium-Silicon Crystals On the ISS

Martin Volz
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

ISS Robotic Student Programming

Jonathan Barlow
SGT, Inc.

Voyage, a New Approach to Popularize Science.

Kalle Vähä-Jaakkola
Cohu Entertainment

Small Satellite Deployment Mission by Using the Unique Capability of Kibo Exposed Facility

Hiroki Akagi
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Mission Operations Control Applications

Gary Barnhard
Xtraordinary Innovative Space Partnerships, Inc (XISP-Inc)

CAMMRAD Space Game, a STEM Intervention for Motivating Human Robot Prototypes for Space Explorations

Jayfus Doswell

Flying on the ISS: What Proposers Need to Know

Lowell Primm

The Study on Effect of Neurons in Space Flight and Conditions on Brain/Neuronal Plasticity and Connectivity Cells

Sandya Rao
Notion Robotics Lab

Applications for Sample Processing and Flow Cytometry in Space

Robert Brown
Institut National D'Optique (INO)

A Survey on Photo catalysis Technology for Closed Loop Life Support Systems and Fuel Generation for Deep Space from the Vantage Point of the International Space Station

David Zuniga
Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Audio-Based Countermeasures (Ambience) for Long-Duration Human Spaceflight

Geoff Luck
University of Jyväskylä

Skeletal Micro-RNA Responses to Simulated Weightlessness

Nicholas Thomas
NASA Ames Research Center

Comparative Computational Meta-Analysis of Differential Gene Expression Datasets of Bacteria Grown in Space and Microgravity Analogue Conditions

Michael Strong
National Jewish Health

Mission Imagination: A STEM-Based Design Challenge

Becky Kamas

Assembly, Integration, and Test Technical Services Capability for International Space Station Users and Payloads

Mark Thornblom

Royal Palm Salon 1 | 2:00PM - 4:00PMChair: Wade Geiger, Boeing

Do Blood Vessels or an Unknown Mechanism Remodel Calvarial Bone During Spaceflight?

Jamila Siamwala
University of California, San Diego

Deep Learning of Intracranial Pressure Dynamics for Intracranial Hypertension Diagnosis

Fabien Scalzo

Crystal Structure of Dipeptidyl Amino Peptidase 11 (DPP11) from Periodontal Pathogen

Yasumitsu Sakamoto
Iwate Medical University

Co-Crystallization of APE1 with Thioxanthenones to Elucidate Its Direct Inhibition as a Countermeasure for Radiation Induced DNA Base Damage

Mamta Naidu
CCSB, Tufts School of Medicine

Compound Derivative Series – Synthesis and Antimicrobial Evaluation In Space: The Evolution from Laboratory Ground Studies to the Advent of a Flight Campaign

Jonna Ocampo
CD-SEAS Mission Microgravity

Royal Palm Salon 2 | 2:00PM - 4:00PMChair: Craig Cruzen, NASA MSFC

A Guide for Instructors Heading Up a Microgravity Study on the ISS

Patricia Mayes
DreamUp, PBC

Sally Ride EarthKAM: A Legacy of Discovery, a Future of Global Understanding

Kay Taylor
U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Genes in Space: A Competition for Middle and High School Students to Perform a DNA Experiment at the ISS. Preliminary Results from the Genes In Space-1 Experiment

Anna-Sophia Boguraev
Fox Lane High School

Stem Students Design the First ‘Space Game’, Made on the 3-D Printer Aboard the International Space Station, and Pave the Way for a New Learning Experience for Others

MJ Marggraff
Made In Space

NanoRacks LLC NanoLabs: A Proven Low Cost Method to Get Student Microgravity Science Experiments Into Space & Back Within the School Year

Daniel Saldana
Valley Christian High School

Royal Palm Salon 3 | 2:00PM - 4:00PMChair: Keith Kreutzberg, Wyle

A Year in Space: Early Results and Lessons Learned from the First Year-Long Expedition Aboard the International Space Station

John Charles
NASA Human Research Program

NASA and NSBRI’s Kelly Twins Study: Progress Implementing the First Integrated Omics Pilot Demonstration Study on the International Space Station (ISS)

Graham Scott
National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI)

Lower Body Negative Pressure Decreases Intracranial Pressure and Jugular Vein Engorgement During Simulated Microgravity

Will Watkins
University of California, San Diego, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Altered Leg Circumference and Muscle and Skin Hemodynamics During Lower Body Negative Pressure and Recovery

Rachel Becker
University of California, San Diego

Bone Microvascular Flow Differs from Skin Microvascular Flow in Response to Microgravity Simulated by Head Down Tilt

Michelle Howden
University of California, San Diego

Royal Palm Salon 4 | 2:00PM - 4:00PMChair: Margaret Clements, Center for Knowledge Diffusion

Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking Leads the International Space Station Payload Operation in Advanced Exploration

Brett Willman

Solidifying Small Satellite Access to Orbit via the International Space Station (ISS): Cyclops’ Deployment of the Lonestar Smallsat from the ISS

Daniel Newswander
NASA Johnson Space Center

Utilizing the ISS Mission as a Testbed to Develop Cognitive Communications Systems

Dan Jackson
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies

Interoperating Network Communications Architecture – A Technology Development Mission to Extend Commercial Networks to Space and More

Gary Barnhard
Xtraordinary Innovative Space Partnerships, Inc (XISP-Inc)

Measuring Platform Stability at ELC1 Using the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS)

Matthew Abrahamson
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Royal Palm Salon 5 | 2:00PM - 4:00PMChair: George Freas, Boeing

Recent SPHERES Docking and Reconfiguration Experiments on the ISS

William Sanchez
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Spheres-Vertigo Test Session 74b (Ts-74b)

Timothy Setterfield
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Microgravity Free-Flying Robotic Research Platforms

Jose Benavides
NASA Ames Research Center

Technology Development and Design Challenges of Astrobee, an ISS IVA Free Flying Robot

Chris Provencher
SGT, Inc.

Robotic Refueling Mission 3

Jill McGuire
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Royal Palm Salon 6 | 2:00PM - 4:00PMChair: Kip McClung, Boeing

Industry Partnerships Accelerating Development of Medical Devices for Space

Dorit Donoviel
National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI)

On-Orbit RNA Purification and Qrt-PCR Capabilities of the Wetlab-2 System

Macarena Parra
Logyx, LLC / NASA Ames Research Center

The Biomolecule Sequencer Payload: Next-Generation DNA Sequencing Technology Demonstration for In-Flight Environmental Monitoring, Research, and Beyond

Sarah Castro-Wallace
NASA Johnson Space Center

Multi-Spectral Fluorescent Imager (Msfi)

Allison Caron
ESC - Vencore

Remotely Controlled Nanofluidics for Telemedicine

Alessandro Grattoni
Houston Methodist Research Institute

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