2nd Australian
Space Biology Symposium





WELCOME to the

2nd Australian Space Biology Symposium 


UTS in collaboration with Mayo Clinic is hosting ASBS 2020 to showcase and discuss the latest developments in space biology & medicine.


ASBS2020 will bring together the international research and industry community to bridge the gap between basic science and technology.

You will hear from a number of world-leading multidisciplinary group of experts about new biological experiments and advances in space research. 

What we hope you may take away

Be inspired – exchanging ideas with colleagues

Build new collaborations – connect with old and new colleagues both in academia and industry

Create new ideas - identify new areas for your next research project

Build new bridges – it can be difficult to find the right partner, here you can start to find the best fit for your project ideas

Think further – what are the questions we haven’t asked? What is the next big discovery waiting in space biology?

Dream big – what would you like to see happen next, where do you see your work going? 




NOVEMBER 17th/ 2020

Sydney Time November 17th - [US EAST COAST TIME 7PM November 16th] 


11:00am - 11:10am         Dr. Joshua Chou - Welcome and Introduction to ASBS2020


11:10am - 11:20am         Ingrid Marsh - Director Industry Development, Advanced Manufacturing &Space                                           NSW Treasury


11:20am - 11:40am         Mr. Hanjie Wu + 5 mins Q&A

                                         Molecule Mechanism of Mechanical Force Unloading on Breast Cancer Cells


11:40am - 12:00pm         Prof. Boris Martinac+ 5 mins Q&A

                                         Mechanosensory transduction and its relevance for space biology


12:00pm - 12:20pm        Prof. Anatoly Rozenfeld + 5 mins Q&A

                                         Biologically relevant radiation monitoring for radiation shielding evaluation and 

                                         astronaut protection in the GCR environment


12:20pm - 12:30pm        Dr. Joshua Chou session closing and post-session discussion/ Q&A 

12:30pm - onwards        Government Agencies presentations available online. 



NOVEMBER 18th/ 2020

Sydney Time November 18th - [US EAST COAST TIME 7PM November 17th] 

11:00am onwards           Space Biology sessions available online



NOVEMBER 19th/ 2020

US EAST COAST Time November 18th - [SYDNEY TIME 5am – 6am November 19th] 

01:00pm - 02:00pm         Jack Miller  [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory]

                                         Space radiation and its impact on human exploration of the solar system


02:00pm - 03:00pm        Samrawit Gebre and Sylvain Costes

                                         NASA Genelab: The NASA systems biology platform for space omics repository,                                           analysis and visualzation

Sydney Time November 19th - [US EAST COAST TIME 7PM November 18th] 

11:00am onwards            Emerging Technologies and Space Business Industry sessions available online



NOVEMBER 20th/ 2020


US EAST COAST Time November 19th - [SYDNEY TIME 5am – 6am November 20th] 

01:00pm - 02:00pm         Space Tango LIVE session

US EAST COAST Time November 19th - [SYDNEY TIME 8am – 9am November 20th] 

04:00pm - 05:00pm         Blue Origin LIVE session

Sydney Time November 20th - [US EAST COAST Time 7pm – 7:30pm November 19th] 

11:00am - 11:30am         Closing of ASBS 2020

Government Agencies

Dr. Craig Kundrot | NASA Biological and Physical Sciences

Looking forward to next decade of space biology

Dr. Gordon Cable | Australian Space Agency | 
Space Medicine and Life Sciences at the Australian Space Agency

Dr. Daniel Liang | CSIRO

Manufacturing material structures for shielding space radiation

Dr. Jason Dowling | CSIRO Health and Biosecurity

CSIRO and Space Life Sciences

Lisa Denzer & Dr. Jason Hatton | European Space Agency

ESA Space Biology - Basic, Applied & Commercial Research Opportunities

Space Biology & Technologies

Dr. Peta Bradbury | Curie Institute

The emerging role of Space in regulating the function of cell-cell junctions

Dr. Rowena Christiansen | University of Melbourne

Human reproduction in the space environment – challenges and conundrums

Dr. Alan Johnston | Villanova University

The AMSAT CubeSatSim: A functional model of a CubeSat satellite for education 

Dr. Chad Kim | Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Irisin acts on osteocytes to enhance bone resorption via αV integrin receptor

Dr. Pankaj Kumar Singh | Mayo Clinic

Protecting the GI tract from radiation injury

Dr. Se-Jin Lee | Jackson Laboratory

Sending Mighty Mice to Space

Prof. Boris Martinac | Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

Mechanosensory transduction and its relevance for space biology

Dr. Christine Mehner | Mayo Clinic

Studying human cells in space – from suborbital flight to CubeSats

Dr. Jack Miller | Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

Space radiation and its impact on human exploration of the solar system

Dr. Cliff Rosen | Maine Medical Center Research Institute

Irisin: A mediator of osteoclast mediated bone resorption

Dr. Anatoly Rozenfeld | University of Wollongong

Biologically relevant radiation monitoring for radiation shielding evaluation and astronaut protection in the GCR environment

Hanjie Wu | University of Technology Sydney

The effects of microgravity on breast cancer function and mechanism

Dr. Abba Zubair | Mayo Clinic

Stem cells in space: Impact of microgravity on gene expression

Dr. Sylvain Costes & Dr. Sam Gebre | NASA Genelab

GeneLab: The NASA systems biology platform for space omics repository, analysis and visualization

Jackie Carpenter | One Giant Leap Australia Foundation

Seeds in space – What’ll happen to the wattle?

Space Business

Haruka Yoshie | Cellink | 

3D Bioprinting in space? – 3D Bioprinting applications in Space Biology

Dr. Jason Held | Sabre Astronautics

Misaki Inoue | Mitsui Aerospace

Mitsui, the window for your space mission

Mac Kanazawa | Space BD

Utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) as the test bed for the future deep space habitation

Kieran Blair | Being Systems | 

Parabolic (Microgravity) Flights in Australia

Mark Kugel | Yuri Microgravity

Microgravity Research for All

Mark Shumbera | Alpha Space

External Orbital Testing on MISSE:  Materials, Electronics, Biology

Dr. Bill McLamb | Space Tango

Space Tango's autonomous cell culture capabilities for biofabrication and stem cell research applications in microgravity

Dr. Erika Wagner | Blue Origin

Research on Blue Origin’s New Shepard platform

Hilde Stenuit

ICE Cubes Service's focus on 3D cell culturing and biomanufacturing: from organs-on-a-chip to cellular agriculture in / through space

Alessandro Mariani | Kayser Italia

Biological experimentation in Space with the Bioreactor Express Service



ASBS2020 Welcome

ASBS2020 Welcome






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