Dr. Tobias Niederwieser

Research Associate
BioServe Space Technologies

Dr. Tobias Niederwieser is a research associate at BioServe Space Technologies within the University of Colorado Boulder where he helps to design, build, and test payloads for scientific research in the space environment. Key projects that have flown on 5 different missions on platforms such as NASA (International Space Station), SpaceX (Dragon, Falcon 9), Northrop Grumman (Cygnus, Antares), and ULA (Atlas V) include: AEM-E – a life support system for the launch of 40 mice onboard the Cygnus spacecraft for 10 days towards the ISS, SABL – three smart life science incubators operating continuously onboard the ISS for the last five years supporting 12+ high-impact science experiments per year, and PLASM – an automated experiment apparatus currently under development for a yeast radiation study onboard Orion during the Artemis-1 test flight around the Moon. Tobias earned his PhD on evaluating bioregenerative life support system technologies using green algae for air revitalization, wastewater recycling, and food production in spacecraft. Previously, Tobias earned his Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Technical University Munich, Germany in 2013, his Master’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015, and attended the International Space University Space Studies Program in 2016 in Haifa, Israel. Tobias’ work has been recognized with Aviation Week’s Twenty20 Award, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award, Space and Satellite Professionals International’s 20 under 35 Award, as well as NASA Johnson Space Center’s Expedition 59 Group Achievement Award.

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