In this experiment, Principle Investigator (PI) Dr. Shou-Ching Jaminet studies the effects of a novel cancer drug delivery system on healthy cells using microgravity to model an in-vivo experiment. Through an antibody-drug conjugate, Dr. Jaminet can deliver a cancer drug to diminish tumor growth by targeting the blood vessels that feed tumors. Dr. Jaminet hopes to show that the drug is safe to non-cancerous cells so that the drug may go to clinical trials.
In collaboration with Dr. Jaminet, Orion’s Quest (OQ) is offering teachers the opportunity to get their students directly involved in this exciting new research by joining the CµRE (Cancer Microgravity Research Experiment) mission. Participating teachers will be provided with curriculum materials to help student understand Dr. Jaminet’s experiment. In addition students will gain access to actual images from both the space-based and ground-based experiments and will be guided through their analysis. Student data will be forwarded to Dr. Jaminet for possible inclusion in her database.
Recommended for high school students