Space Omics Research

Omics is a rapidly evolving, multi-disciplinary, and emerging field that encompasses genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. Each of these fields offers the possibility to understand and view biology from a global perspective in a way that was previously unthinkable.


SpaceOMIX I is a part of Project Maleth, a project whose research mainly focuses on obtaining results that can facilitate and improve precision-based medicine at treating DFUs more efficiently. Project Maleth is Space Omics Analysis of the Skin Microbiome of Diabetic Foot Ulcers or SpaceOMIX.


​The SpaceOMIX II mission will continue on the steps achieved and learned following the first SpaceOMIX mission and will focus on blood omics and space-borne anemia. A full genetic study of how erythropoiesis adapts to microgravity and higher levels of radiation will follow.


The ​LunarOMIX mission will focus on biological payloads destined to the lunar surface and monitored by remote sensing for their adaptation, behavior, and genetic changes. A rapidly evolving, multi-disciplinary, and emerging research that encompasses genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics.

Establishing Standards for Space Omics

In collaboration with the science community, GeneLab helped launch the International Standards for Space Omics Processing (ISSOP) consortium. The ISSOP is a global consortium comprised of scientists from around the world to develop, share, and encourage sample processing standardization and metadata normalization of spaceflight omics experiments.

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Malta is sending its very first space bioscience experiment entitled SpaceOMIX as a first mission under the Maleth Program. The mission is contracted by NASA and will be flown by SpaceX using the Cargo Dragon C208.


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