Jeffrey Smith is Branch Chief of the Radiation and Space Biotechnologies group. As a computer scientist with the Gravitational Biology Research Branch, he also applies the advanced computer visualization/simulation technologies of the Center to his specific research interests in Space Life Sciences. Dr. Smith’s continuing projects include 1) the Virtual Glovebox Project, a new technology for astronaut training that integrates advanced computer hardware and software technologies to provide a realistic immersive virtual environment for conducting simulated biology research tasks in space, and 2) Procedural Identification, Task Analysis and Computer Aided Design for the Virtual Glovebox, which use Human Performance Modeling tools to design optimized procedures for biology research in space. Dr. Smith also collaborates with internal and external investigators to analyze three-dimensional cell structure using serial-sectioning and data visualization technologies developed at the BioVIS Center. Many of his previous research activities with NASA have focused on plant cell biology, including plant gravity sensing, testing of flight hardware for plant tissue culture in space and photosynthesis under hypergravity conditions.
Branch Chief, Radiation & Space Biotechnologies, NASA Ames