How to put TOAST in a BRIC?

Welcome to the inaugural post of the Gilroy Lab blog. In the coming weeks, we will be chronicling the trials and tribulations involved in putting a plant biology experiment on the space station. I’m Sarah and I’ll be the main contributor, with help from my boss Simon. The lead scientist working on the project is Won-Gyu, a post-doc in the Gilroy Lab. Please check the “People” link above for more information about us.

We were thrilled that our grant proposal was funded by NASA earlier this year! We’ll be studying how plants grow in microgravity and observing the impact that the space environment has on plant gene expression. Currently, our experiment is scheduled to fly in December up to the International Space Station (ISS) on the SpaceX Dragon/F9 spacecraft. Our experiment is called: Test Of Arabidopsis Space Transcriptome, aka TOAST.

The hardware that will contain our plants was developed by NASA engineers and has been flown numerous times with great success. This hardware is called Biological Research In Canister, or BRIC for short. Hence, we will be putting TOAST in a BRIC. I will go into more detail about our idea and how we are testing it in upcoming blog posts. However, if you want information right away about our experiment and the hardware flown, then please check the “Experiment” link above.

I am looking forward to sharing our experience with you. If you have any questions, please post a comment and I will reply as soon as I can. I hope to post here at least once a week, so check back often if you are curious as to how things are going.

The International Space Station.

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Categories: Plants in Microgravity | 4 Comments

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4 thoughts on “How to put TOAST in a BRIC?

  1. It would be helpful to have a “Home” link on your page to get back to the photos of the three of you. Otherwise, looks nice! Dr. Gilroy is coming to deliver a seminar at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Lab on 10/29, so I’ll share this website with our faculty and students so people can see what you’re all doing. Thanks!

  2. Hiya Eileen, Right now on the blog, “Home” is the most current post and can be returned to by clicking on the “Plants in Microgravity” header; the “People” page with our mug shots is static content. We’ll leave it as is for now, but thank you for your suggestion!

    Simon is looking forward to visiting MSU! 🙂

  3. M Briskin

    looking forward to Dr. Gilroy’s visit to the University of Illinois this week! Wish you could come too!
    -Margaret Briskin

  4. /wave Margaret! Simon is looking forward to his trip to U of I!

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