Sponsored by the Genetics Society of America, the Allied Genetics Conference fostered an international community of genetics by promoting interaction among geneticists of seven communities: C. elegans, Ciliate, Drosophila, Mouse, Yeast, Zebra Fish, and Population, Evolutionary and Quantitative Genetics. An estimated 5,000 attendees participated in a packed schedule that included hundreds of posters and live presentations, scientific seminars, networking events, and an exhibit area. GeneLab and Space Biology jointly sponsored a ‘NASA Space Life Sciences’ booth exhibit along with 75 other exhibitors.
Over the course of four days, booth staff and poster presenters directly engaged 130 attendees in discussing NASA grant funding, post-doctoral fellowship opportunities, and GeneLab. Approximately 75% of the attendees were students interested in internships and career pathways into NASA, another 15% were investigators interested in grant funding, and 10% were other exhibitors curious about life sciences in space and seeking partnership opportunities with NASA.
The BioSentinel satellite model and a Bioculture system flowpath assembly were on display in the booth to present those capabilities and encourage the life sciences community to think about space biology research beyond low Earth orbit.
Sigrid Reinsch and Sergio Santa Maria, from NASA Ames Research Center, also presented posters on GeneLab and BioSentinel.
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