NASA Space Biology Senior Project Scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley
Kevin Sato leads bioscience efforts to understand how life responds and adapts to microgravity and the extreme environment of space. He managed the development and implementation of Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) science research payloads involving a diversity of specimens from cell cultures to complex multicellular organisms. He also provided science leadership in developing research facilities onboard ISS. He is currently working with other scientists to expand space biology research beyond low Earth orbit, going beyond the Van Allen Belts in preparation for the human journey to Mars. He served on the Governing Board for the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology and is an associate editor of the Nature Partner Journals Microgravity. In 2011, he received the Silver Snoopy award, which is the Astronauts’ own award for outstanding performance, contributing to flight safety and mission success.
Kevin will join a panel about the International Space Station and new technologies NASA is developing to sustain life in space, including how plants, animals, microbes and other organisms from Earth adapt to being in space.