Four teams of university students were selected to develop and perform their hypergravity experiments during ESA's Spin your Thesis! 2014 campaign.
Influence of hypergravity in the formation of blood vessels by endothelial cells for development of new regenerative medicine therapies
The AngioGravity team is composed of three Master students from the University of Porto and one PhD candidate from the MIT Portugal Program. Their interest is focused on understanding angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels, under hypergravity conditions for tissue engineering applications.
Influence of hypergravity on the developing sponges during the spicule phase of germination
The Sponges in Space team is composed of two Master students and one PhD candidate from the University of Amsterdam. The team studied the energy demands of developing sponges by influencing the physical constraints during a specific stage of germination.
Hypergravity as a physical stimulus enhancing gene delivery for regenerative medicine purposes
The Transformers team is composed of four Ph.D. students of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). They explored hypergravity as a physical stimulus enhancing gene delivery for regenerative medicine purposes.
Analogue modelling and gravitational controls on flow dynamics and surface strains of glaciers
The Glacier team is composed of two master students from the University of Amsterdam. They will model the influence of gravity on glacier flow dynamic.