About Mary K. Kearns-Jonker, PhD
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Human Anatomy at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Cancer, Developmental and Regenerative Biology Program. I completed my graduate training at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and my postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health. My research team is dedicated to developing alternative solutions for patients with end-stage organ failure, including xenotransplantation and stem cell transplantation. We have recently expanded our research projects to include the use of the International Space Station to study the impact of microgravity and the spaceflight environment on stem cells and their regenerative ability. Our long term goals are to develop new therapeutic options for patients on Earth as well as those who travel beyond our boundaries into space.