Isabell Buttron and Adrian Mettauer, both PR & Marketing of SPL, got the opportunity to visit the research laboratories of UZH’s (University of zurich’s) Division of Space Biotechnology at Zurich-Irchel. There, Prof. Dr. Dr. Oliver Ullrich, Adjunct Professor of Space Biotechnology (UZH/University of Magdeburg) and Dipl.-Biol. Dana Simmet provided an insight into their fascinating zero-g research.
After a tour through the laboratories, where the effects of altered gravity forces on cellular and molecular mechanisms are investigated, the SPL associates received an introduction to the various scientific projects. Amongst others, the scientists are performing experiments on board of parabolic flights like with the Novaspace-owned Airbus A300 ZERO-G, based at Bordaux/France. The aim of this research is to find solutions to the various health-related problems astronauts are facing during and after a mission under zero gravity conditions, such as a profound decline in immune function, bone and muscle atrophy.