Current Research

Current research in the UCSD NASA Lab includes what we call flight experiments as well as activities closer to the ground.

Our most recent flight experiment, PuFF Pulmonary Function in Flight) took place on the International Space Station with "data takes" happening on a roughly monthly basis. Our experiment was performed by four sets of resident crews over a period of about two years ending in 2006.

We are in the midst of a new series of experiments aboard the NASA Reduced Gravity Aircraft (run by Zero-G Corp.), and are currently waiting for a flight date.

Finally, we are always working on a number of experiments, feet firmly planted on the Earth. Some currently active experiments include MRI and fMRI imaging of the lung and airways and experiments and computer modeling exploring aerosol deposition in the lung.

Please feel welcome to learn about these and other experiments we are doing or have done in our lab!