North Carolina Botanical Garden


LUNCHBOX Talk: Arabidopsis Rocket Science: How We Grew Plants on the International Space Station

with Bratislav Stankovic, PhD, JD, MSc, Senior Advisor & Patent Professional USPTO
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Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Fee: Free, preregistration required.


The assembly of the International Space Station (ISS) as a permanent experimental outpost provided the opportunity for quality plant research in space. Learn how researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison developed a plant growth facility capable of supporting long-term plant growth in microgravity, growing Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress) from seed-to-seed on the ISS, the first full plant life cycle study on the station. Their experiments, controlled telemetrically from a ground control center, were a prelude to an era of long-term experiments with plants in orbit, where fundamental questions about plant growth in microgravity can be revisited and new questions can be asked.


About the Speaker

Bratislav Stankovic holds a Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is a Fulbright Scholar, a Patent Examining Professional at the USPTO, a registered US Patent Attorney, a professor of law and technology, and an innovation counselor. He has over 25 years of experience as a scientist in academic settings, including 5 years as a Chief Scientist at the NASA-funded Wisconsin Center for Space Automation and Robotics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was the principal investigator for experiments on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.  He is the author of over 100 articles, books, chapters, and government reports at the intersection of intellectual property, innovation and policy issues involving biotechnology or health, bioethics, research ethics, commercialization and technology transfer, as well as molecular and space biology.  He is ranked in the top 10% SSRN (Social Science Research Network) authors; as well as in the top 15% ResearchGate scholars.

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