2004 News Articles-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

NASA selects "Team Conscius," a group of Mellon College of Science undergraduates, to study, in flight, the effects of gravity on the actin cytoskeleton

Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry-biology majors James Torchia, Caroline Chen, Candace Spier, and Chemistry major Sujata EmaniThis month, undergraduates in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry-biology majors James Torchia, Caroline Chen, Candace Spier, and Chemistry major Sujata Emani will board NASA's KC-135A aircraft, nicknamed the "Vomit Comet," to test how different gravitational conditions influence actin polymerization and organization in cultured human neutrophils. The team was assisted in experimental design and proposal preparation by Adam Linstedt and Fred Lanni, Associate Professors of Biology, and engineering professors Lynn Walker and Philip LeDuc; the students themselves will conduct the experiments in flight.

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