Space Biology

This Space Biology programme is aimed at any participant who has an interest in Space Biology and would like to learn more about cutting-edge biology research to aid space exploration and help in drug discovery.

This programme thus aims to answer fundamental questions about the impact of long-term and short-term gravity on the growth, shape, and function of human cells in the space environment (Cell Biology), as well as how microgravity affects the early development of animals and plants and various life cycles (Developmental Biology).

The programme will be taught by internationally renowned scientists and clinicians from a combination of academic, commercial, and world-class organizations including NASA, Harvard University, the University Of Oxford etc.

The programme involves live (synchronous) teaching and is available as a 4- or 8-week course (consisting of 4 workshops) or an 8-week course (consisting of 8 workshops). The course takes on a student-centre approach where students actively participate in their learning through experiential learning (learning by doing) guided by interaction with world-class scientists.

Students participating in the course will learn about:

1. Biological systems and how these respond to and adapt to their environment in space
2. Different physiological models for space biology and the different mechanisms that control biological activities in space
3. Cutting-edge biological technology in space exploration
4. Current research in biomedical science in space and how this can help in the discovery of drugs
5. Human health promotion in space