Dr. Mark Ott

Microbiology Laboratory
NASA Johnson Space Center


For the past 20 years, Dr. Mark Ott has served as a technical lead in the Johnson Space Center Microbiology Laboratory, which is responsible for mitigating infectious disease risk during human spaceflight. His responsibilities include the assessment of microbial risk and development of spaceflight requirements based on vehicle and mission architecture as well as crewmember, food, and environmental monitoring. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982, his M.B.A. from Louisiana State University in 1989, and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from Louisiana State University in 1998. Dr. Ott has published extensively in the areas of microbial ecology in spacecraft, human and microbial responses to spaceflight, and the development of advanced tissue culture models to investigate infectious disease.


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