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22 May 2023


"Understanding the impact of microgravity on brain using Spatial Transcriptomics"

In the years to come, the quest to conquer new planets will take us further and further from Earth. Understanding the effect of space constraints on the human body at a molecular level is becoming crucial to ensure astronauts safety during these long-duration space travels. In my research, I use Spatial Transcriptomics to study the impact of spaceflight on mice brain. This technique facilitates the capture of information contained in cells in the form of RNA while maintaining the spatial location of these cells in the tissue. It is an exploratory technique that could help us understand what happens in different parts of the brain under stressors such as radiation and microgravity and... maybe go to Mars!

Solène Frapard

Stockholm university

PhD student

I am doing my PhD in spatial biology applied to space. This means that I apply a technique called Spatial Transcriptomics on mice that flew on board the International Space Station (ISS) in order to understand the effect of long duration space travel on the organism. I think that half of the challenge in research is to know how to communicate your results and share your enthusiasm. As such, I am convinced of the importance of events such as Pint of Science and I am thrilled to participate for the first time in the organization of this event!

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