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46 minutes | May 27, 2022
Regeneratively Speaking 44: Science in Space to Benefit Life on Earth with I.S.S.
Ramon “Ray” Lugo IIIChief Executive Officer and Principal Investigator for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (CASIS), manager of the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory Within this role, Lugo is responsible for implementing strategic objectives that enable space-based research through the ISS National Lab that brings value to our nation and builds a robust and sustainable market in low Earth orbit. Lugo comes to CASIS with more than 35 years of experience within the space industry, including serving as director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center and as director of the Florida Space Institute at the University of Central Florida. Lugo is an ideal candidate to lead the organization in its pursuits to sponsor space-based research and technology development and enable a sustainable market in low Earth orbit. Lugo served as the Director of UCF’s Florida Space Institute from 2013-2021. Prior to this appointment, he served as Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s John H. Glenn Research Center from 2010 to 2013. There he was responsible for planning, organizing and directing the activities required in accomplishing the missions assigned to the Center. Prior to this appointment, he served as Glenn’s Deputy Director from 2007 to 2010. Prior to his positions at Glenn, Lugo served as the Deputy Program Manager of the Launch Services Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and was principally responsible for managing, directing and evaluating the progress of all ongoing launch operations and activities including Expendable Launch Vehicles engineering and analysis, payload integration, launch site support and launch campaigns. Lugo began his NASA career at Kennedy in 1975 as a cooperative education student. His first assignment was in the Construction and Modifications Branch as an engineer responsible for construction modifications to Launch Complex 39A in preparation for the first space shuttle launch. Since becoming a member of the Senior Executive Service in 2001, he served as the executive director of the Cape Canaveral Spaceport Management Office. Other leadership positions include Director and Deputy Director of Expendable Launch Vehicle Services Program, Manager of Facilities and Support Equipment Division in the Space Station Project Office, and Chief of the Business Office of the Joint Performance Management Office. Lugo has received numerous honors, including two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals for contributions to the Galileo Mission and the Space Station Redesign, and three NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals for his instrumental role in the Expendable Launch Vehicle Program Transition. Lugo earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering in 1979 from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s Degree in engineering management in 1982 from the Florida Institute of Technology. Michael RobertsDeputy Chief Scientist, International Space Station National Laboratory Dr. Michael Roberts is Deputy Chief Scientist of the ISS National Lab where he works to imagine and enable science in space for life on Earth. Roberts has been with the ISS National Lab since 2012 and a space researcher since 1999, working as a microbial ecologist, molecular biologist, and principal investigator for ground-based research in the NASA Advanced Life Support program at the Kennedy Space Center and flight research on the shuttle and the International Space Station. Roberts is a vice president at CASIS and acting chief scientist of the ISS National Laboratory. As manager of the ISS National Laboratory in partnership with NASA, CASIS is responsible for enabling access to the International Space Station for research, technology development, STEM education, and commercial innovation in space as a public service to foster a scalable and sustainable low Earth orbit economy. Before joining CASIS in 2013, Roberts worked as a microbial ecologist, principal investigator, and research group lead in the NASA Advanced Life Support program at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Prior to arriving at NASA-KSC in 1999, he completed an undergraduate degree at Maryville College, a doctorate in microbiology at Wesleyan University, and postdoctoral research at the Center for Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University and the RIKEN Institute in Wako-shi, Japan
17 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Regeneratively Speaking 43: NASA Vascular Tissue Challenge
WFIRM speaks with Dawn Turner, Challenge Project Manager with the NASA Centennial Challenges Program about her experience as a young teacher, how she transitioned to work for NASA, and advice she has for anyone interested in following her footsteps.
17 minutes | Sep 11, 2019
Regeneratively Speaking 42: Email and Regenerative Medicine
WFIRM speaks with Shiva Ayyadurai, PhD about his experience as a young entrepreneur, the founder of email, and how this revolution is similar to that of regenerative medicine.
15 minutes | Jul 2, 2019
Regeneratively Speaking 41: How Regenerative Medicine is Changing the Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease [Whitner]
WFIRM speaks with Dr. Amy Whitner about her career, unexpected paths, and the importance of regenerative medicine in colorectal practice.
18 minutes | Mar 28, 2019
Regeneratively Speaking 40: From Bench, to Bedside, to Babies [Woodruff]
WFIRM speaks to Dr. Woodruff about her research with human reproduction and oncofertility.
27 minutes | Oct 26, 2018
Regeneratively Speaking 39: Regeneration by Endogenous Stem Cells [Mao]
WFIRM talks to Dr. Jeremy Mao about regeneration by endogenous stem cells.
27 minutes | Oct 10, 2018
Regeneratively Speaking 38: Bioinnovations in Academia [Patel]
WFIRM speaks with Dr. Amit Patel about bioinnovations in academia.
16 minutes | Aug 14, 2018
Regeneratively Speaking 37: Inside WFIRM: John Jackson, PhD
WFIRM talks to Dr. John Jackson, an Associate Professor at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine about bioprinting for the wounded warrior including corporal tissue as well as ear hair follicle regeneration.
18 minutes | Jul 17, 2018
Regeneratively Speaking 36: Musculoskeletal Regenerative Medicine [Yaszemski]
WFIRM speaks to Dr. Michael Yaszemski about his research in the areas of orthopedic surgery and biomedical engineering at Mayo Clinic.
27 minutes | Jun 14, 2018
Regeneratively Speaking 35: Inside WFIRM: Aleks Skardal, PhD
WFIRM talks to Aleks Skardal, Assistant Professor with WFIRM, about his early career and the pioneering of bioinks.
23 minutes | Apr 4, 2018
Regeneratively Speaking 34: Soldier, Surgeon, Scientist, Entrepreneur [Holcomb]
WFIRM talks to Col. John Holcomb about his experiences as a retired Army surgeon, researcher, and most recently, an entrepreneur.
15 minutes | Dec 20, 2017
Regeneratively Speaking 33: Noncellular Regenerative Techniques for Pelvic Floor Disorders [Damaser]
WFIRM talks to Margot Damaser, PhD about noncellular regenerative techniques for pelvic floor disorders.
27 minutes | Sep 20, 2017
Regeneratively Speaking 32: Inside WFIRM: Chris Porada, PhD
WFIRM talks to Chris Porada, Phd about his work at WFIRM.
26 minutes | Jul 21, 2017
Regeneratively Speaking 31: Re-Engineering a Fibronectin-Derived Peptide for Topical Treatment of Burns and Chronic Wounds [Clark]
WFIRM talks to Richard Clark, MD about the development of peptide P12 for burn wound treatment.
20 minutes | Jun 22, 2017
Regeneratively Speaking 30: Inside WFIRM: Graca Porada, PhD [Porada]
WFIRM talks to Graca Porada, PhD
20 minutes | May 31, 2017
Regeneratively Speaking 29: Summer Scholar Program [Hunckler]
WFIRM talks to Summer Scholar alumni Michael Hunckler, and Academic Program Director Joan Schanck
15 minutes | Apr 26, 2017
Regeneratively Speaking 28: Inside WFIRM: Koudy Williams, DVM
WFIRM talks to Dr. Koudy Williams about his role at WFIRM.
14 minutes | Mar 13, 2017
Regeneratively Speaking 27: Polymeric Particles for Gene and Cell Therapy
WFIRM talks to Jordan Green, PhD about polymeric particles for gene and cell therapy.
22 minutes | Feb 14, 2017
Regeneratively Speaking 26: Inside WFIRM: James Yoo, MD, PhD [Yoo]
WFIRM talks to Dr. James Yoo, MD, PhD about his role at WFIRM.
36 minutes | Nov 8, 2016
Regeneratively Speaking 25: Biomechanics Across Scales: From the Subcellular to the Organismal [Forgacs]
WFIRM talks to Gabor Forgacs, PhD about biomechanics and bioengineering.
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