Five teams awarded Space@Hopkins seed grants

Space@Hopkins, which brings together civilian space research from across all Johns Hopkins divisions, has selected five teams to receive seed grants to support their work.

Since 2016, Space@Hopkins has awarded seed grants of up to $25,000 that enable Hopkins researchers to test new ideas and provide an initial boost for them to obtain external funding. All Space@Hopkins seed grants provide undergraduate research opportunities as a program requirement.

The five teams represent the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Medicine, and the Applied Physics Laboratory.

The awarded projects are:

How to Counter the Effects of Microgravity on Articular Cartilage in Long-Duration Human Spaceflight
- PI: Marco Chiaberge (Physics and Astronomy)
- Co-Is: Mark Shelhamer (Otolaryngology), Colin Norman (Physics and Astronomy)

3D-Woven CNT Composites: Lightweight, High Strength Materials for Space
- PI: James Guest (Civil Engineering)
- Co-I: Tim Weihs (Materials Science and Engineering)

New Tools to Study Transient Stellar Mass Loss
- PI: Rachel Osten (Physics and Astronomy)
- Co-I: Angelos Vourlidas (Applied Physics Laboratory)

Novel Models for Predicting Predisposition to Cataract in Astronauts
+ PI: Trina Schroer (Biology)

V-CubeSat: A Cosmic Microwave Background Polarization Probe
- PI: John Appel (Physics and Astronomy)

Applications for the next round of Space@Hopkins seed grants will open during the spring 2020 semester. Contact Liza Sazonova at for additional information.

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