Space radiation research requires a multidisciplinary approach; and the group partners closely with radiobiologists, aerospace physicians, engineers, and applied scientist to develop novel methods for studying the interaction of the heavy-charged nuclei found in the cosmic ray spectrum.
Serena Aunon-Chancellor, M.D., MPH
Wayne Newhauser, Ph.D.
Igor Koturbush, M.D., Ph.D., is the Chair of Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Co-Director, Center for Dietary Supplements Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (https://publichealth.uams.edu/departmentsandunits/centers/cdsr/) . SpaRTAN lab has active research with Dr. Koturbush to develop novel methods of assessing the effects to cardiovascular health follow space radiation exposures.
Marjan Boerma, Ph.D. is Associate Professor Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her research focuses on cancer survivorship issues, particularly radiation-induced heart disease, risks of cardiovascular disease from exposure to radiation during space travel, and development of medical countermeasures against nuclear accidents or terrorism,
Do Sperm Squirm the Same in Space? The Micro-11 flight experiment will help determine the effect of space flight on sperm capacitation and signal transduction changes compared to parallel samples on the ground. SpaRTAN lab is collaborating with PI Joseph Tash, Ph.D., the University of Kansas Medical Center by providing dosimetry analyses of the samples flown on ISS during Expedition 56.
Dr. Paul South, Ph.D. is an expert in plan biology and synthetic biology at Louisiana State Univeristy. Dr. South and the director of the SpaRTAN lab are collaborating on efforts to model and understand the effects the space radiation environment has on crop growth and the nutritional efficacy of multiple generations of plant seedlings.