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" As an undergraduate majoring in biology at the University of California, San Diego, I worked on infectious diseases at the nearby Salk Institute for Biological Studies. "
" For long-duration exploration missions, NASA is looking for folks with a lot of operational, hands-on experience, people who have been in field-type situations such as military deployments. In my case, I worked in the Congo and in Biosafety Level 4 labs on smallpox. "
" From as young as I can remember, I wanted to be - in order - an astronaut, a geologist, and a biologist. "
" I thought that NASA didn't take biologists and so nothing would come of it. But I knew I would regret it if I did not apply. "
" Young people can accomplish a lot. "
" I kind of watch anything on the Syfy channel. "
" When I started working at NASA and understanding what the capabilities really were of the space station and the space program, one of the biggest draws for me was the ability to do experiments in space. We can do a number of experiments where gravity is actually a variable. "
" When I was 16, my dad took me to a DNA conference at the Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco, California, and I was captivated by this way of looking at biology and by the discussions of bits of nucleic acid that could make us sick. "
" I think young folks have a good sense of what they want to do. "
" Joining NASA was very exciting, but it was the hardest decision I have had to make in my life. "
" I decided to do graduate studies in virology at Stanford University in California because it had a hospital, which made working on clinical applications easier. "
" NASA trains you to assess emergency situations and react in a way to keep yourself and everyone else safe. "
" They say that in space, nobody can hear you scream. The first time I stepped out of the airlock, I was ready to scream - not because I was scared but because I was so excited to see the Earth below me. "
" There's actually an incredible amount of parallels between working in central Congo in a remote, isolated village and doing research aboard the space station. "
" I thought I was prepared for space, and it still absolutely defied every expectation and dream. It is an incredible thing to put yourself on a rocket and launch off the planet. It is an amazing thing to see the planet from space. This blue sphere is almost indescribably beautiful. "
" My lab used to do gene expression and genomics, and we did a lot of sequencing samples from virus outbreaks. "
" When I was in grad school, I wanted to be in academia forever. "
" I think it's reasonable: you can own your nerd credibility when you're an astronaut. "
" We have to engineer devices that are going to work in space stations. Those same things are going to work in the most remote regions on Earth. "
" I've always been fascinated with science and exploring our world, from microbes to the solar system. "
" You need nerves of steel if climbing aboard a rocket is your career path. "
" It changes your perspective to be able to look out the window and see the planet. One of the thoughts that I had when I first got up here was, 'We really do live on a planet, and we are in a solar system, and we are flying through space right now.' I mean, this is something that you know, obviously, but to see the planet - it's amazing. "
" Sequencing DNA on the ISS will enable NASA to see what happens to genetic material in space in real time, rather than looking at a snapshot of DNA before launch and another snapshot of DNA after launch and filling in the blanks. "
" Folks should find what really inspires them; they should always pursue what they want to do. "
" We're pretty interested in microbial communities on-board space stations. It's a closed-loop system. Our water is recycled; our air is recycled. "