The Shore Team is in charge of logistics and analyses back on land.
Russell Neches - Doctoral Candidate, UC DavisRussell Neches is a UC Davis Microbiology doctoral candidate working with Jonathan Eisen to apply metagenomic methods to the movement ecology of microbes, using the halophilic archaea of the western United States as a model. He is a principal investigator on Project MERCCURI, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation supported citizen science project to improve the characterization of the microbiota of "charismatic" elements of the built environment, including sports arenas, museums and the International Space Station. Designing and sharing Open Hardware devices has become an important part of Russell's research, which is what brought him into this collaboration. Russell's blog can be found here.
Dr. Helder Marcal - H&S Officer, UNSWDr Marçal was a finalist for UNSWs inventor of the year. This technology opens the way for the development of the first peptide vaccine to inhibit the immunopathogenesis of diseases. His research has been highlighted in the Sydney Morning Herald, Discovery Channel, ABC Catalyst show and The Sunday Telegraph. He has established international collaborations involving these technologies in the field of regenerative and translational medicine and presented at numerous international conferences. Dr Marçal’s knowledge and skills span across different research that include tissue regeneration in space. This is a project that is investigating the impact of space travel especially, microgravity and its effect on human stem cells and liver regeneration. This is a new area of research called Bioastronautics and Dr Marçal is using the NASA designed bioreactor to analyze these impacts. This work has been covered by the Discover Chanel and has resulted in an international collaboration with NASA-AMES. He has been a visiting scientist at the Penguin Automated Research Centre (Canada), McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (Pittsburgh), European Stem Cell Centre of Excellence (Portugal), and the Californian Institute for Regenerative Medicine (USA).
Professor Ian Paulsen - Director of Macquarie Biomolecular Frontiers Centre, Macquarie UniversityProfessor Ian Paulsen is a Professor of Genomics at Macquarie University and Deputy Director of the Macquarie Biomolecular Frontiers Centre. He is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher with more than 200 publications. He received a PhD from Monash University and was an NHMRC C.J. Martin Fellow at the University of California at San Diego. He then took a faculty position at the Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), where he led many microbial genome sequencing projects. Ian returned to Australia in 2007 as a Professor at Macquarie University, where his recent research is focused on novel metagenomic and systems biology approaches to investigate microbial adaptation to different environments.
Ian’s blog- http://mqgenomics.blogspot.com.au