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Online: NASA and Texas A&M AgriLife — Emerging Interests for Collaboration

April 28, 2021 @ 8:00 am 12:00 pm CDT

Graphic: galaxies. Text: NASA and Texas A&M AgriLife: Emerging Interests for Collaboration. April 28, 8 a.m. - noon.


The aim of this online symposium is for attendees to make professional connections, discover new capabilities and interests, and learn how to successfully apply for NASA grants.

The symposium will take place on Teams Live. On April 28, you will be able to access the Teams Live streams via a button next to each agenda item below.


  • Texas A&M AgriLife
  • Prairie View A&M University, College of Agriculture and Human Sciences
  • NASA Johnson Space Center Human Health and Performance Directorate
  • NASA Human Research Program 
  • Translational Research Institute for Space Health


8:00 – 8:20 a.m. | Welcome, Overview and Objectives

  • Patrick J. Stover, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife, and Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research
  • John T. Sims, Director, NASA Human Health and Performance Directorate

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. | Institutional Overview

  • Capacity in the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences — Clare Gill
  • Human Research Program Emerging Science Interests — Steve Platts
  • Human Health and Performance Capabilities at the Johnson Space Center — Karen Pickering
  • The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH): Innovation to Reduce Spaceflight Risks — Kristin Fabre
  • Prairie View A&M University College of Agriculture and Human Sciences Capacity: An Institutional Overview — Ali Fares

9:45 – 9:55 a.m. | Break

9:55 – 10:50 a.m. | Breakout Sessions: Tracks A and B

Track A: Food and Nutrition 
  • Spaceflight Nutrition — Scott Smith
  • Optimal Nourishment in Space Missions — Janet Antwi
  • Advanced Food Development for Spaceflight – Grace Douglas
  • Electron Beam Technology for Space Food Applications — Suresh Pillai
Track B: Navigating the World of NASA Research Opportunities
  • Grant Opportunities and Tools for Identifying Research Needs — Katherine Rahill
  • Increasing Participation and Diversity — Maneesh Arya
  • Creating Space for Diversity with TRISH — Jordan Lewis
  • Student Opportunities — Kam Lulla
  • How to Generate a Successful Grant — Michael Stenger

10:50 – 11:00 a.m. | Break

11:00 a.m. – Noon | Breakout Sessions: Tracks C and D

Track C: Translational Research
  • Large Animal Research Capabilities in the Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science — Jeff Wiegert
  • Protecting Operational Performance Beyond the Van Allen Belt — Ajit Mulavara
  • Radiation Research (Including NASA Space Radiation Laboratory Capability) — Robin Elgart
  • TRISH Industry Program: Nutrition, Food and Beyond — James Hury
Track D: Precision Health and Genomics
  • Host-Diet-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease — Javad Barouei
  • Genomics and Precision Nutrition: Capabilities and Expertise in AgriLife — David Threadgill
  • HRP overview of Precision Health and Genomics — Steve Platts
  • Tissue Engineering to Personalize Space Health and Reduce Risks — Kristin Fabre