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How Does Space Travel Change Our Genes?

6:30 PM — 8:30 PM

What NASA’s Study on Twin Astronauts Reveals About the Human Genome on Earth, Mars & Beyond

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How Does Space Travel Change Our Genes?

What NASA’s Study on Twin Astronauts Reveals About the Human Genome on Earth, Mars & Beyond




Featuring Space Genomics Expert Dr. Christopher Mason, Weill Cornell Medicine

Moderated by CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Max Gomez


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

6:30 PM: Presentations, Discussion and Audience Q&A

7:30 PM: Cocktail Reception


New York Genome Center

101 Avenue of the Americas, 1st Floor Auditorium


Tickets are free; advance registration is required.




Join us to hear more about Dr. Christopher Mason’s exciting research projects with NASA to better understand the impact of space travel on the human genome, including:


  • Dr. Mason’s contributions to NASA’s Journey to Mars – the initiative to get “boots on the ground” on Mars by 2035.
  • Astronaut Twins Study – what DNA changes scientists found when sequencing the genes of astronaut Scott Kelly in space, and the DNA of his identical twin brother, astronaut Mark Kelly, who remained on Earth.
  • The Mason Lab’s 500-year plan for the survival of the human species on Earth, in space, and on other planets.




Nico Robine, PhD


Assistant Director, Computational Biology

New York Genome Center


Dr. Nicolas Robine supervises a team of scientists and analysts at the New York Genome Center who are involved in the analysis of sequencing data for a wide range of collaborative genomic research projects. After graduating from ESIEE-Paris, an engineering school, Dr. Robine earned a Msc in Bioinformatics from Goteborg (Sweden) and obtained his PhD at the Institut Curie in Paris.




Image result for chris mason cornellChristopher Mason, PhD


Associate Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Associate Professor of Computational Genomics in Computational Biomedicine, HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Institute for Computational Biomedicine
Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Feil Family Brain and Mind Institute
Weill Cornell Medicine


Christopher Mason, PhD, earned his BS in Genetics and Biochemistry at University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed his PhD in Genetics at Yale University. He completed his post-doctoral training in clinical genetics at Yale Medical School and was a postdoctoral Fellow of Genomics, Ethics, and Law at Yale Law School. He is an Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, with appointments at the Tri-Institutional Program in Computational Biology and Medicine between Weill Cornell Graduate School for Medical Sciences, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The Rockefeller University, as well as the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center, the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute and HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Institute for Computational Biomedicine. Dr. Mason is a WorldQuant Foundation Research Scholar.


To learn more about Dr. Mason’s research, visit his lab page.




Max Gomez, PhD

Medical Correspondent

CBS News


Dr. Max Gomez is a nine-time Emmy Award-winning medical correspondent with more than 30 years of broadcast experience. A highly regarded journalist, moderator and public speaker, Dr. Gomez has earned an outstanding reputation for translating complex medical topics into compelling stories. He has a special interest in genomics and is the co-author of several books on the topic, including Cells are the New Cure: The Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs That Are Transforming Our Health. He was also a semi-finalist in NASA’s Journalist in Space competition.




The Evening Talks Series is sponsored by The New York Community Trust – Pyewacket Fund.