Dr. Jagan Valluri
Department of Biological Sciences
CELL BIOLOGY AND SPACE BIOLOGY LABORATORY
US Patent Submitted (2006)
Microgravity bioreactor systems for production of bioactive compounds and biological macromolecules. US Patent submitted in collaboration with Dr. Steve Gonda, Chief Scientist, at the NASA/Johnson Space Center.
The present invention relates to compositions and methods of plant, fungal and bacterial cell culture that can be effectively utilized for three-dimensional plant, fungal and bacterial cell growth and production of bioactive compounds of interest. The culture methods employ a microgravity environment such that rapid establishment and expansion of cells into tissue constructs occurs influencing expression of biological macromolecules and biopharmaceuticals.