Secret Science Club Presents Out-of-This-World Geneticist Chris Mason
Where: The Bell House
149 7th St., Brooklyn
718-643-6510 Price: Free
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What happens to the human body when an astronaut blasts into orbit? Chris Mason wanted to know down to the molecular level. So he studied a pair of twins—one earthbound and one bound for space. In 2015, astronaut Scott Kelly spent 11 months on the International Space Station, while his identical brother Mark Kelly hung out on Earth. As part of the NASA Twins Study, Dr. Mason led the research comparing the twins’ “omics” (gene expression, transcriptome, metagenome, and more)—before and after the long spaceflight.
At the next Secret Science Club, Chris Mason discusses the results of the NASA Twins Study, as well as how future research and technologies will be used to monitor, protect, and potentially repair astronauts’ cells and bodies during, and after, long space missions—to the ISS, Mars, and beyond.
Chris Mason is an award-winning geneticist and associate professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, as well as director of the WorldQuant Initiative for Quantitative Prediction. His NYC-based laboratory explores a wide diversity of research topics, from cancer genetics to microbe diversity in subway systems to the comparative DNA and RNA of working astronauts. The author of over 150 scientific publications, Dr. Mason was named one of the Brilliant Ten by Popular Science and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, and National Geographic and on PBS, CNN, and beyond. He has co-founded four biotechnology start-up companies and serves as an advisor to many others.
Before & After
–Sample our cocktail of the night, the Mars 2020
–Groove to interplanetary tunes
–Stick around for the scintillating Q&A
Doors open at 7:30 pm. Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self!Buy tickets/get more info now