BRIDGEPORT — A research project by two University of Bridgeport biology students is going to space.

“The Effect of Microgravity on Nanoparticle-Cellular Interaction,” aims to increase our understanding of the effects of space flight on the biological processes that are essential to human health. It was proposed by Feissal Djoule of West Haven and Emily Juliano, of Shelton. Both are undergraduates advised by Isaac Macwan, a research associate at UB’s Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Competition to the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program began in the fall 2017, when 15 teams of UB undergraduates proposed projects to a panel of internal UB judges. Three UB projects made it to the finalist round from 1,959 submitted. In all, 21, including Djoule and Juliano’s are going to be conducted on the International Space Station in 2018.

“We know astronauts go through physiological changes in microgravity,” Macwan said. “If we can capture an image of the cellular process that’s changing in space and analyze it, we can make a comparison to what happens on earth and can further monitor the changes to eventually repair or prevent them from happening in the first place.”

The project is being funded by a grant from the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium, UB, and donations from the community.