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Established in 1986, the Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering (CBSE) is a research center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), with a expertise in structural biology research and the development of enabling technologies in the life science and aerospace industries, encompassing both divisions of Life Sciences and Engineering.

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SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft to orbit on April 18, 2014. The SPX-3 mission is SpaceX's third commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. In support of research to demonstrate the growth of high quality proteins in microgravity, two GLACIERs, two CPCG-HM units and six Handheld HDPCG assembies were launched on SPX-3. The hardware will enable the proteins to maintain desired temperatures of +20 C and +4 C. CBSE Engineering provided verification, integration, and launch support services for the hardware. Researchers hope to determine how those proteins function in disease processes and thus aid in the development of treatment drugs.


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I.S.S Tracker

Track the location of the International Space Station in real-time and see the plotted paths of past, present and future orbits


As a member of SER-CAT, the University of Alabama at Birmingham has at a minimum 18 days of dedicated beam time at SER-CAT each year

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SPX-3 Interviews
Dr. Larry DeLucas and Dr. Stephen Aller Discuss Protein Crystal Growth