Gunver Lystbæk Vestergård, blogger
It all started with a rutine interview as part of my job as a science writer. An interview with Daniela Grimm. Out of the blue, while I was struggeling with my notes, she invited me to take part in her parabolic flight mission the following year. A once in a lifetime opportunity! Last year she phoned me again. “Would you like to follow us to cape Canaveral and blog about the SpaceX mission to the ISS?”. When I’m not following Daniela, I work as an industrial PhD student at the Experimentarium and Center for Science Studies, Aarhus University.
Daniela Gabriele Grimm, professor MSO in space medicine and team leader
I work at the Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, and I’m the guest group leader at the Clinic for Plastic, Aesthetic and Hand Surgery, Otto-von Guericke-University Magdeburg in Germany. I am a physician and a specialist for Internal Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology (Medical Association Berlin, Germany). Since 2000, I am working in the field of Space Medicine and Pharmacology. I am the Principal Investigator of several Parabolic Flight Missions, of Experiment 14 of the Sino-German Simbox-Shenzhou-8 space mission (flown in 2011 – Thyroid cancer cells in Space), of the current Cellbox ISS spaceflight (Genomics, proteomics and metabolomics of thyroid cancer cells in Space), the ESA SPHEROIDS experiment (ISS spaceflight with endothelial cells in 2015) and several ESA ground-based experiments.
Jessica Pietsch, postdoc
I hold a Ph.D. in biochemistry since Feb 2012. My Ph.D. thesis I started and finished in Daniela Grimm’s group. As a post-doc, I organize the CellBox experiment and guide the MD doctoral candidate Stefan Riwaldt in this work. I already had the opportunity to work with the same hardware during the SIMBOX experiment on Shenzhou-8 in 2011. So working with the flight hardware is kind of coming home for me. It will be interesting to see the differences in how Americans and Chinese conduct a Space flight.
Stefan Riwaldt, PhD student
I am a PhD student in the group of Prof. Daniela Grimm and a medical student at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg. I am a member of the group since 2012. Since that I learned a lot in this field, and I’m looking forward to improve my knowledge about genomics, proteomics and the cytoskeleton.
Markus Wehland, PhD, senior scientist
Hello, my name is Markus. I belong to Daniela’s group in Magdeburg. I am responsible for the detection of genes and for bioinformatics in Daniela’s team. Originally, I have studied chemistry in Berlin. I was infected by possible Space adventures by Daniela at the Charité in Berlin and found my passion for Space Medicine in Magdeburg. I am really looking forward to the launch of Space X3.
Jesper Rais, photographer
Jesper is currently busy taken pictures, so I (Gunver) will say a few words about him. Jesper works at Aarhus University and is the one to call if important university events such as the yearly cake day or the student regatta needs to be visualized. When he’s not around campus he takes more pictures as a freelancer: www.raisfoto.dk. He’s actually quite good.