Tissue-chip experiment returns to Earth following month on International Space Station

After spending more than a month on board the International Space Station, a tissue-chip experiment led by Siobhan Malany, Ph.D., an associate professor of pharmacodynamics in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, returned to Earth Jan. 13. A SpaceX Dragon Capsule made a successful parachute-assisted splashdown off the Florida Gulf Coast and delivered more than 4,000 pounds of scientific experiments and other cargo from the space station. Within hours of the splashdown, UF’s shoebox-sized experiment returned to the Kennedy Space Center, where Malany’s team is analyzing the results and preparing to mimic the space station study on Earth. Her research aims to understand the microgravity effects on human muscle cells and could aid in the development of new therapies for age-related muscle loss on Earth.