Current techniques to measure DNA damage and repair are limited to laboratory setting. In collaboration with Dr. Cheng-fu Chen (Engineering Department) we are developing new approach to measure DNA damage in the field settings. We are working on a prototype which could be used onboard of Space Station or during Mars expedition.
Hypothesis: by using vertical-comet approach we could detect DNA damage in the field, even at low gravity.
Students involved: Robert Williams, Matthew Anctil