An interview with Dr. Sarah Kessans, a US-born New Zealand scientist and biochemist, a multi-national champion in rowing and was in the top 50 applicants—out of over 18,000—in the NASA's 2017 Astronaut Candidate Selection.
She’s earned degrees in plant and molecular biologies, worked on a plant-based HIV vaccine, and is now working at the cutting edge of synthetic biology solutions to combat climate change, facilitate space settlements, and advance innovations in medicine and agriculture. Most recently, she got a $500,000 Catalyst grant from MBIE to support her proposal to develop nanosatellites for protein crystallisation over the next three years.
In this interview, she talks about her passion for biology and adventure, both of which have yielded incredible experiences. She talks about her perspectives on how biology can create humanity's sustainable pathway to future space settlements and how her work can lead to a thriving space synthetic biology research hub in the region.
Hostd by: Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, Co-Founder, SpaceBase
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