Luis Zea

Luis Zea

Assistant Research Professor
Luis.Zea@Colorado.edu

 

Focus Area

Bioastronautics

 

Education

  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering Sciences – Bioastronautics, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2015
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering – Thermofluids, University of Central Florida, 2008
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, 2005

Professional Experience

  • 2018-Present Assistant Research Professor, BioServe Space Technologies, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 2015-2018 Research Associate, BioServe Space Technologies, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 2015 Visiting Scientist, Brazilian Space Agency, UFMG Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 2014 Visiting Scientist, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center, Cologne, Germany
  • 2010-2015 Graduate Research Assistant, BioServe Space Technologies, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado
  • 2008-2010 Heat Transfer Engineer, Siemens Energy, Inc., Orlando, FL
  • 2006-2008 Graduate Research Assistant, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  • 2004-2006 Mechanical Engineer, ExxonMobil, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Awards (selected)

Research Interests

Space biology, gravitational microbiology, space life sciences, biological regenerative life support systems, small satellites, CubeSats, international cooperation for space exploration, STEM outreach, biomining, biology-based in-situ resource utilization (ISRU)

Projects

Space-Based Research Experience

Experience includes project management, engineering R&D, and/or science (PI or Co-I) on thirteen experiments performed in space: Micro-4 (Saccharomyces cerevisiae, STS-135), Micro-5 (Salmonella and Caenorhabditis elegans, SpaceX-5), Antibiotic Effectiveness in Space (AES-1) (Escherichia coli, Orbital-1), Butterflies in Space (butterflies STEM project, HTV-3), HeartCells (human-induced pluripotent stem cells, SpaceX-9), OsteoOmics (preosteoblasts, SpaceX-9), Nanobiosym (MRSA, SpaceX-10), Antibody-Drug Conjugates (lung cancer cells, Orbital-7), Magnetic 3D Cultures (lung cancer cells, Orbital-7), Micro-11 (human and bovine sperm, SpaceX-14), and Micro-12 (Shewanella oneidensis, SpaceX-15). Luis is also the Principal Investigator of the NASA-funded projects "Biofilm in Space" (scheduled to launch to ISS mid-2019), and "Characterization of Clinically- and Spaceflight-Relevant Bacteria and Fungi, and Drug Effectiveness under Simulated Lunar, Martian, and Micro-Gravities".

Publications

Theses

Journal Articles

Conference Papers

Conference Abstracts and Posters

  • Tash, J., Yarns, E.M., Piper, S.S., Ngo, L., Laundy, E., Julo, M., Stodieck, L., Zea, L., Karouia, F., Blanco, G., Micro-11: Human and Bovine Sperm Function in Microgravity on the ISS, 34th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR), October 31-November 3, 2018, Washington, D.C
  • Zea, L., Estante, F., Rosengren, A., Stodieck, L., Klaus, L. (2018). Determining an Appropriate Clinostat Rotational Speed, 34th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR), October 31-November 3, 2018, Washington, D.C
  • Schauer, R., Ganguly S., Nisar, Z., Cortesao, M., Moeller, R., Luo, J., Muecklich, F., McBride, S.A., Varanasi, K., Sato, K., Gorti, S., Klaus, D., Stodieck, L., Zea, L. (2018). Tests in Preparation for a Spaceflight Fungal and Bacterial Biofilm Experiment, 34th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR), October 31-November 3, 2018, Washington, D.C
  • García, I., Farchi, D., Álvarez, C., Sunu, K., Pennington, P., Zea, L. (2018) La vida y muerte de Klebsiella pneumoniae en microgravead simulada: Comportamiento a distintos pH y concentraciones de Carbenicilina, 1er Congreso Nacional de Biotecnología en Guatemala, 8-10 Octubre, 2018, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
  • Pérez, C., Sandoval, P., Argueta, S., Torres, M., Pennington, P., Zea, L. (2018) Resistencia de Staphylococcus aureus a carbonicilina en condiciones simuladas de microgravedad, 1er Congreso Nacional de Biotecnología en Guatemala, 8-10 Octubre, 2018, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
  • Flores, P., Zaghi, M., López, I., Zea, L. (2018) Determination of Growth Curves of Klebsiella pneumonia under Earth Gravity at Different pH Values and Simulated Microgravity, 1er Congreso Nacional de Biotecnología en Guatemala, 8-10 Octubre, 2018, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
  • Cortesao, M., de Haas, A., Laue, M., Hemmersbach, R., Hellweg, C., Venkateswaran, K., Zea, L., Moeller, R., Fungi in space: Implications for astronaut health and planetary protection, EANA 2018, Berlin, Germany, 24-28 September 2018
  • Zea, L., Chaves, A., Ayerdi, V., Carvajal, J. (2018). A Multinational CubeSat for Forest Monitoring. United Nations/Brazil Symposium on Basic Space Technology, Natal, Brazil, 11-14 September 2018
  • Chaves, A., Carvajal-Godinez, J., Zea, L., Mission Concept Review of an International Cooperative Space Project: a Mesoamerican CubeSat, United Nations/Brazil Symposium on Basic Space Technology, Natal, Brazil, 11-14 September 2018
  • Kidder, L.S., Zea, L., Countryman, S.M., Stodieck, L.S., Hammer B.E. (2018). A Novel Protocol Permitting the Use of Frozen Cell Cultures in Low Earth Orbit. ISSRDC Conference, San Francisco, CA, July 23-26, 2018 
  • Cortesao, M., Luo, J., Müller, D., Nisar, Z., Rubin, P., Mücklich F., Hemmersbach, R., Hellweg, C.E., Zea, L., Moeller, R. Biofilm in Space (BFS): Designing a Spaceflight Experiment. 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Pasadena, CA, July 14-22, 2018 (Oral presentation) and Biofilms 8, Aarhus, Denmark, May 27-29, 2018
  • Zea, L. (2018). Chapines trabajando en proyectos espaciales alrededor del mundo. CONVERCIENCIA, Guatemala City, Guatemala, July 23-27, 2018
  • Zea, L. (2018). Cómo estudiar en el exterior sin pagar, y la importancia de las publicaciones científicas. CONVERCIENCIA, Guatemala City, Guatemala, July 23-27, 2018 
  • Zea, L. (2018). Preparando un experimento de biopelículas microbianas a ser llevado a cabo en la Estación Espacial Internacional. CONVERCIENCIA, Guatemala City, Guatemala, July 23-27, 2018 
  • Ganguly, S., Zea, L., Characterization of P. aeruginosa Growth Patterns Under Varying Gravitational Conditions, Anschutz Medical Campus Master of Science in Modern Human Anatomy Capstone Presentation Sessions, University of Colorado, Denver, CO, April 17, 2018
  • Niederwieser, T., Zea, L., Anthony, J., Stodieck, L. (2018). Basic and Applied Algal Life Support System Research on Board the Deep Space Gateway. NASA’s Deep Space Gateway Workshop, February 27-March 1, 2018, Denver, CO 
  • Zea, L., Niederwieser, T., Anthony., J., Stodieck, L. (2018). Utilizing the Deep Space Gateway to Characterize DNA Damage due to Space Radiation and Repair Mechanisms. NASA’s Deep Space Gateway Workshop, February 27-March 1, 2018, Denver, CO 
  • Anthony, J., Niederwieser, T., Zea, L., Stodieck, L. (2018). Key Challenges for Life Science Payloads on the Deep Space Gateway. NASA’s Deep Space Gateway Workshop, February 27-March 1, 2018, Denver, CO 
  • J.S. Tash, F. Karouia, M.C. Schiewe, L.S. Stodieck, L. Zea, E.M. Yarns. MICRO-11: Spaceflight-Altered Motility Activation and Fertility-Dependent Responses in Sperm, American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR), Seattle, Washington, October 25-29, 2017
  • Nisar, Z., Stodieck, L., Zea, L., Ground Testing of Biofilm Formation on Spaceflight-Relevant Materials, American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR), Seattle, WA, October 24-28, 2017
  • Cortesao, M., Luo, J., Mueller, D., Nisar, Z., Muecklich, F., Hemmersbach, R., Hellweg, C., Zea, L., Moeller, R., Growth and biofilm formation of Penicillium chrysogenum in simulated microgravity, American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR), Seattle, WA, October 24-28, 2017
  • García, B., Lara, J., Ayerdi, V., Zea, L., Manufacturing a CubeSat Structure at an Academic Makerspace, 2nd International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces (ISAM), Cleveland, USA, September 24-27, 2017
  • Zea, L., Beneficios de Investigaciones Biomédicas en Órbita Terrestre, Converciencia, Guatemala, Guatemala, Julio 24-28 2017
  • Zea, L., Diseño del Primer Satélite Guatemalteco, Converciencia, Guatemala, Guatemala, Julio 24-28 2017
  • Zea, L., Stodieck, L. and Klaus, D., Characterizing Phenotypic and Gene Expression Changes in E. coli Challenged with Antibiotics during Spaceflight, 4th International Space Station Research and Development Conference, Boston, MA, July 7-9, 2015
  • Zea, L., Stodieck, L. and Klaus, D., Preliminary Results of the Antibiotic Effectiveness in Space-1 (AES-1) Experiment Conducted Onboard ISS, ASGSR Conference, Pasadena, CA, October 22-26, 2014
  • Zea, L., Stodieck, L. and Klaus, D., The First Fifty Years of Bacterial Growth and Antibiotic Effectiveness Research in Space, ASGSR Conference, Pasadena, CA, October 22-26, 2014
  • Zea, L., Stodieck, L., Klaus, D.M., Bacterial Growth and Susceptibility to Antibiotics in Simulated Reduced Levels of Gravity, ASGSR Conference, Orlando, FL November 3-8, 2013
  • Mitchell, R., Zea, L., Over, S., Aber, I., Anderson, D., Carpenter, J., Curtis, B., Duchek, M., Edwards, W., Hava, H., Lestishen, J., Massina, C., Roth, B., Dream Chaser: Design of a Commercial Spacecraft’s Cockpit, SpaceVision 2011, Boulder CO, October 27-30, 2011
  • Zea, L., Jepson, P., Kumar, R., Role of Pressure and Reaction Time on Corrosion Control of H2S Scavenger, SPE 2008 Oilfield Corrosion Conference, Scotland, UK, May 27-30, 2008

Technical Presentations, Seminars & Workshops

  • Zea, L., Thinking Outside the Globe - Using Microgravity to Find Novel Solutions to Medical Problems on Earth, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Faculty Candidate Seminar, April 30, 2018
  • Zea, L., What happens when bacteria grow in microgravity? The story of an experiment performed on the International Space Station, Valencia Community College – Osceola Campus, April 3, 2018
  • Zea, L., On Scientific and Technical Publishing, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, May 3, 2018
  • Zea, L., What happens when bacteria grow in microgravity? The story of an experiment performed onboard the International Space Station, The University of New South Wales School of Biotechnology and Bimolecular Sciences & Australian Centre for Astrobiology October 3, 2017
  • Zea, L., Past, Current and Future Space Applications in Latin America, Latin America and Caribbean Regional Seminar, Promoting disarmament and non-proliferation in Latin America and the Caribbean: relevance and challenges of the Hague Code of Conduct, Santiago de Chile, Chile, April 25, 2017
  • Zea, L., Space Development Efforts in Guatemala, Americas Roundtable, 32nd Space Symposium, Colorado Springs, USA, April 11, 2016
  • Zea, L., Bacterial Experiment returned from the International Space Station – Research Opportunity, BioFrontiers Science Shorts, University of Colorado, January 21, 2015
  • Zea, L., Space Life Sciences and Antibiotic Effectiveness in Space, HudsonAlpha Seminar, HudsonAlpha, Huntsville, AL, Oct 30, 2014
  • Zea, L., Space-Based Life Sciences Research and its Benefits to the General Public, Icelandic Academy of Sciences, University of Reykjavik, Iceland, August 11, 2014
  • Zea, L., Bacteria in space: Statistical facts of the first 50 years of research and an experiment currently being conducted onboard ISS, German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) Institute of Aerospace Medicine Seminar, Cologne, Germany, July 22, 2014
  • Zea, L., Characterization of Gravity’s Influence on Mass Transport Phenomena and its Impact on E. Coli’s Behavior and Susceptibility to Antibiotics, BioFrontiers Seminar, University of Colorado, Boulder, February 13, 2013
  • Zea, L., Spaceflight Bacteria-related Phenomena and their Implications on Astronaut Health, Gravitational Biology Seminar, German Aerospace Center, Cologne, Germany, May 8, 2014
  • Zea, L., Some of BioServe’s Flown Payloads to Space – From Cells to Mice, Astrobiology Seminar, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, DLR, Cologne, Germany, May 28, 2014
  • Zea, L., Student European Low Gravity Research Association, German Aerospace Center, Cologne, Germany, July 4, 2014

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