Sensing in extreme environments
We are members of the International Consortium that are journeying into space with our biosensor (Life Marker Chip) to detect evidence of life on Mars. The Life Marker Chip will be on board the European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission scheduled for 2018. Other high-profile projects include ‘insitu life detection in the cryosphere, which involves setting up laboratories and working in subglacial environments via the NVE Svartisen Subglacial Laboratory (Norwegian Artic) and at the Leverett Glacier (Western Greenland) for future exploration of subglacial lakes.
We have also taken in the REXUS/ BEXUS programme which allows students from universities and higher education colleges across Europe to carry out scientific and technological experiments on research rockets and balloons. In 2010 ‘Team CASS•E’ began their bid to find life on the edge of space. The team designed an instrument that can collect evidence of life in the extreme environment of the stratosphere and launched their BEXUS stratospheric balloon containing this instrument.
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- Biosensors and diagnostics
- Environment and health
- Food quality and health
- Neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disease
- Nutrition and health
- Sensing in extreme environments
- Smart materials and synthetic receptors
- Stem cells and cell differentiation