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2013-05-15 23:30:53

Cheryl Nickerson, long-time development specialist, has been hired by Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services to help raise money for the organization hit hard by congressional budget cuts. Walnut Creek, CA (PRWEB) May 15, 2013 Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services of Contra Costa County has been hit hard by sequestration and the economy. The only county-wide organization helping seniors with seven programs has hired a Director of Development. Cheryl Nickerson, the new Director...

Space Station To Play Host To Infectious Disease Research
2013-02-19 05:53:07

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online All biologists know performing sensitive biological experiments is a delicate affair, akin to baking a soufflé in a busy house. Few of those biologists, however, have to deal with the daily and unique challenges faced by Cheryl Nickerson, a microbiologist at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute. Nickerson's working lab is aboard the International Space Station (ISS) hundreds of miles above Earth, traveling at...

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2011-07-07 14:05:59

By Richard Harth, The Biodesign Institute On July 8, at approximately 11:26 a.m. EDT, the space shuttle Atlantis will streak skyward from the Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A, for one last mission. While the STS-135 flight marks the end of the space shuttle's glory days, its final trip may open a new era of research into infectious diseases, thanks to space bound experiments conducted by Dr's. Cheryl Nickerson, and Roy Curtiss III, along with their colleagues at Arizona State...

2011-03-21 13:55:00

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recent research aboard the space shuttle is giving scientists a better understanding of how infectious disease occurs in space and could someday improve astronaut health and provide novel treatments for people on Earth. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "With our space-based research efforts, including the International Space Station, we are not only continuing our human presence in space, but we are engaged...

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2010-10-19 10:58:16

The cells and tissues in our bodies grow, develop and interact in a highly complex, three-dimensional world. Likewise, the various microbial pathogens that invade our bodies and cause infectious disease interact with this complex 3-D tissue milieu. Yet the methods of culturing and studying human cells have traditionally been carried out in two dimensions on flat impermeable surfaces. While such 2-D culturing and modeling efforts have produced a steady stream of critical insight into cell...

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2010-04-03 08:03:01

In a first-of-its-kind experiment, the unique conditions of spaceflight will be used to examine how cells remain healthy or succumb to disease, particularly in the face of stress or damage. At 3:21 a.m. PDT on April 5, ASU Biodesign Institute researchers Cheryl Nickerson and her team, including Jennifer Barrila and Shameema Sarker, will see their latest experiment launched into low earth orbit aboard the space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-131.The goals of the team's research are to...

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2009-05-07 06:55:00

Salmonella, what's gotten into you? Researchers have been asking themselves this question ever since Salmonella bacteria grown on board the space shuttle returned to Earth 3 to 7 times more virulent than Salmonella grown on the ground under otherwise identical conditions. Figuring out why could help safeguard astronauts from disease and lead to new treatments for food poisoning and other common ailments on Earth. New research by Cheryl Nickerson (Arizona State University) and colleagues...

2008-12-12 10:25:36

Infectious pathogens like Salmonella typhimurium employ a startling array of techniques to skillfully outwit the body's defense mechanisms and produce illness. Through their expression of genes"”the fundamental building blocks of cellular physiology"”such microbes ingeniously adapt to varied environments, modifying their disease-causing potential or virulence.Although the study of a broad range of microbial virulence factors is now well advanced, many pieces of the puzzle are...

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2008-03-10 15:45:00

Experimental payload aboard space shuttle Endeavor to continue studies on the ability of germs to cause diseaseWhen space shuttle Endeavor blasts off on March 11, some tiny "Ëœastronauts' will piggyback onboard an experimental payload from Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute. The new experiment, called "Microbial Drug Resistance Virulence" is part of the STS-123 space shuttle Endeavor mission. It will continue the research studies of Cheryl Nickerson, PhD, project leader...

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2007-09-24 14:20:00

WASHINGTON -- It sounds like the plot for a scary B-movie: Germs go into space on a rocket and come back stronger and deadlier than ever. Except, it really happened. The germ: Salmonella, best known as a culprit of food poisoning. The trip: Space Shuttle STS-115, September 2006. The reason: Scientists wanted to see how space travel affects germs, so they took some along - carefully wrapped - for the ride. The result: Mice fed the space germs were three times more likely to get sick and died...