NASA Fellowship Awarded

November 1, 2017

NASA fellowship awarded to Dr. Micaela Cunha

Dr. Micaela Cunha Head shot

The Center for Radiological Research congratulates Dr. Micaela Cunha as one of the four early career scientists awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRI for Space Health), which works in partnership with NASA’s Human Research Program. The awards provide two-year funding for projects aimed at safeguarding and improving astronaut health during deep space exploration missions. 

The awarded project is entitled “A mechanistic framework to assess the efficacy of aspirin and other radioprotectors to reduce carcinogenesis by space radiations”. The goal is to provide a general methodology to evaluate potential biomedical countermeasures against the carcinogenic effects in the space radiation environment. Aspirin will be the main focus of this study, since there is strong evidence of its radioprotective action regarding gastrointestinal cancers.

The research will be conducted under the mentorship of Dr. David Brenner and in collaboration with Dr. Igor Shuryak.

NASA Program TRI-RFA-17-01
Proposal Title: A Mechanistic Framework to Assess the Efficacy of Aspirin and other Radioprotectors to Reduce Carcinogenesis by Space Radiations

PI: David Brenner
Postdoctoral Fellow: Micaela Cunha

Read more on the postdoctoral fellowships from the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH).

Topics

Cancer, Radiation, Education, Research