Category: Automation and High-Throughput Technologies

1343-D - Microgravity Plate Reader on the International Space Station

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Plate Reader-2 is a reconfigured SpectraMax M5e configured to operate comfortably in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station. Plate Reader-2 features the same wide range of high-performance multi-mode reader capabilities of an un-modified M5e including absorbance, fluorescence, time-resolved fluorescence, and fluorescence polarization modes with full spectral range detection for 6-, 12-, 24-, 48-, 96-, and 384-well microplates. Researches can also utilize the CuvettePlate microplate adapter for cuvette samples. This second generation platform now includes temperature control, allowing researchers to extend their experiments to long durations, and the ability to configure every aspect of the researcher's experiment from an Earth-based workstation using SoftMax Pro. With these improvements, scientists are offered the same flexibility in a microgravity environment as they have with their experiments in their own laboratories. 

Carl W. Carruthers

Chief Scientist
NanoRacks, LLC
Webster, TX

After finishing his B.S. in Chemistry at Florida Atlantic University, Carl moved to Texas for his M.S. in Biochemistry at Texas A&M University. Upon graduating, Carl began working at The Houston Methodist Research Institute in the lab of Dr. John Baxter and Dr. Paul Webb on the structure and function of nuclear receptors. In collaboration with Dr. Jan-Ake Gustafsson at The University of Houston, Carl completed his Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Carl has been the PI of seven microgravity experiments: two fluid and one glass transition experiment flown on reduced gravity aircraft, a genotoxicology experiment flown on STS-91, and three protein crystallography projects on STS-134, STS-135 and Expedition 34/35 on the International Space Station. He began working as Chief Scientist at NanoRacks in January 2014 working on payload operations and designing cutting edge COTS life science science hardware for the ISS.