Postdoctoral Fellows and Students
Meet our Team
JPL's BPP Group includes more than 15 scientists, engineers, and technicians, who are researchers and flight project implementation specialists. To support research and flight implementation tasks, the group supplements the workforce throughout the year with postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students. Collectively, the group has extensive expertise in planetary protection implementation, research and technology development, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, classical and molecular microbial taxonomy, physics, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, probability analysis, research design, biosensor technology, biomedical engineering, and space instrument engineering.
Camilla Urbaniak | Postdoctoral Scholar
Program: NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP)
Camilla is interested in how space travel affects the microbiome of astronauts and the implications of these microbial changes on the health of these individuals. She will be analyzing samples collected from crew members aboard the ISS to monitor these changes. She is also involved in characterizing the microbiome of extreme built environments and how these bacterial and fungal communities impact the (i) health of the inhabitants and the (ii) structural integrity of the infrastructure