HUMAN EXPLORATION AND OPERATIONS
As humans venture into the cosmos there will be many challenges, including exposure to radiation. Deinococcus radiodurans is an extremophile that is highly resistant to radiation, due to DNA repair proteins that are expressed when the bacterium is exposed. In order to determine the up and down regulation of proteins, two-dimensional gel electrophoresis will be used. This method is capable of resolving 5,000 individual proteins on a single gel (O’Farrell, 2010). This study will identify proteins involved in the DNA repair protein networks of D. radiodurans after exposure to different radiation sources. This information can inform future products that can allow for long distance space exploration.
Name: Cora Lyon, Undergraduate Student
Institution: University of Alaska Anchorage
Major: Health Sciences and Biological Sciences
Mentor: Eric Bortz, email@example.com
Funding Period: 2021 to 2022