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1. What areas of life science does Bioserve work in?

molecular processes,
microorganisms,
microbial systems,
vaccine development,
immunology,
plant development and adaptation to microgravity,
cell and tissue culture, muscle and bone loss,
countermeasure development, and
small invertebrates and insects.

2. What kind of experiments are implemented?

For over 20 years, Bioserve has participated in over 50 missions with scientific work that have biotechnology applications involving animals, plants and microorganisms. Some experiments havr ranged from, butterflies to xyz. BioServe has faculty and staff with engineering and life science expertise to help coordinate the needs for the conduct of space life science research.

3. Is there a standard formula for flying experiments in space?

BioServe believes that science success is the most important component of conducting space based research on board the ISS or other launch vehicle. To help its customers and partners accomplish this goal, BioServe has a large suite of space flight hardware available to support a wide variety of investigations. Additionally, BioServe fully supports its customers and partners with both scientific and engineering expertise during the entire experiment development process. Whenever possible, BioServe designs and modifies its space flight hardware based upon science requirements. BioServe strongly believes the concept that "the science should dictate the hardware configuration and not the hardware dictates the science configuration." There is much to consider when designing an investigation for microgravity and the right approach will be a function of what the investigation is trying to accomplish. BioServe's ultimate goal is to provide high quality services and hardware that result in high quality science that has far reaching impacts in space or on Earth.

4. When should I engage BioServe?

If you are considering conducting a space life science experiment, contact BioServe as early in the process as possible. BioServe has a full suite of flight certified hardware available for use by its customers and partners and has over 25 years experience designing, developing and conducting space life science research. BioServe is a full-service space flight Center which enables our customers to focus solely on the research while we take care of all of the other details associated with space life sciences investigations.

5. Do I have to learn the NASA regulatory process?

No. BioServe completes all of the mission integration and operation work necessary to successfully fly an experiment in space.

 

Academic Program

6. How are you associated with the University of Colorado?

BioServe is located within the Aerospace Engineering and Sciences Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. BioServe is associated with CU's Bioastronautics Program which is also a part of the Aerospace Department. The bioastronautics program encompasses the biological, behavioral and medical aspects governing humans and other organisms living in a space environment and includes vehicle design for space or planetary habitation. Bioastronautics spans the study (science) and support (engineering) of life in space.

7. What courses are offered?

On a graduate level, our course offering:

ASEN 3519 Introduction to Human Space Flight
ASEN 4859 Undergraduate Research (arranged)
ASEN 4/5/6849 Independent Study (arranged)
ASEN 5016 Space Life Sciences
ASEN 5158 Space Habitat Design
ASEN 5506/6506 Bioastronautics Seminar
ASEN 5018/6028 Graduate Projects
Related Courses (out of focus area, 2 of 3 required)
ASEN 5335 Aerospace Environment
ASEN 5050 Space Flight Dynamics
ASEN 5053 Rocket Propulsion

8. Does BioServe employ or support undergraduate and graduate students?

Yes. Each semester BioServe employs undergraduate students and supports a select number of graduate students. There are educational opportunities available at BioServe, however those opportunities are highly competitive. BioServe "graduates" are highly sought by industry and NASA due to the hands on experience they gain while working for BioServe.

K-12 Program

9. Does BioServe support K-12 education?

Yes. Each semester BioServe employs undergraduate students and supports a select number of graduate students. There are educational opportunities available at BioServe, however those opportunities are highly competitive. BioServe "graduates" are highly sought by industry and NASA due to the hands on experience they gain while working for BioServe.

10. I am a teacher, how can I get my classroom or school involved ?

Contact Stefanie Countryman if you would like to become involved in future CSI experiments.

11. As an individual student, can I be involved ?

Yes. You do not have to be a part of a classroom to become involved. If you are interested please contact Stefanie Countryman.

 

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