Towards an Integrated Biomanufacturing System for Deep Space Missions

Seminar | October 30 | 5-6 p.m. | Silver Space Sciences Lab, Silver Conference Room, Room 105

 Professor Adam Arkin, Professor, Center for Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space

 Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL), Botanical Garden

Space synthetic biology is a branch of biotechnology dedicated to engineering biological systems for space exploration, industry and science. There is strong public and private interest in designing robust and reliable organisms and the systems that support them that can assist on long-duration astronaut missions. Recently, we have launched a new center from NASA called the Center for Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES) with participants from U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Davis, Stanford University, University of Florida, and Utah State University that aims to practically demonstrate how to build an integrated biomanufacturing approach to support a mission to Mars. In this talk, I will describe the challenges involved in biomanufacturing for space missions and how we plan to address them.