Elizabeth A. Blaber, Ph.D. is a Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She earned her Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry from the same University.
Dr. Blaber has conducted research at NASA Ames Research Center for the last 8 years and throughout her career has aimed to further NASA’s human research and space biology programs by investigating the role of microgravity on stem cell growth and regenerative functions. Dr. Blaber has provided lead science support for over six spaceflight experiments, including several Space Shuttle missions (STS-131, STS-133 and STS-135), and two embryonic stem cell experiments (STL-1 and STL-2). In 2014, she was awarded a NASA Space Biology Spaceflight Grant as a Principal Investigator to investigate the role of the cell cycle in stem cell-based tissue regeneration during mechanical unloading in spaceflight. In 2016, Dr. Blaber was appointed as Project Manager of the GeneLab for High Schools Summer Training Program, a new Space Biology training initiative aimed at introducing high school students to space-based research and bioinformatics analysis. Dr. Blaber also serves as the Space Biosciences Task Lead for the NASA Academic Mission Services Contract, and is a member of the Governing Board for the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research. Dr. Blaber has been honored with several prestigious awards including the Thora W. Halstead Young Investigator Award and the NASA Early Career Public Achievement Medal.
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