Dr. Kasthuri Venkateswaran

Dr. Kasthuri Venkateswaran (Venkat) is the Senior Research Scientist at NASA – Jet Propulsion Laboratory and supports Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group. His 39+ years of research encompass marine, food, and environmental microbiology. He is also leading ISS “Microbial Observatory” projects to measure microorganisms associated with U.S. nodes, as well as Kibo Japanese Experiment Modules. He has applied his research in molecular microbial analysis to better understand the ecological aspects of microbes, while conducting field studies in several extreme environments such as deep sea (2,500 m), spacecraft mission (Mars Odyssey, Genesis, Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars Express), assembly facility clean rooms (various NASA and European Space Agency [ESA] facilities), and the space environment in Earth orbit (ISS; ESA Columbus facility). He directs several research and development tasks for the JPL – Mars Program Office, which enables the cleaning, sterilization, and validation of spacecraft components. He directs several NASA competitive awards on the microbial monitoring of spacecraft and associated environments for the Exploration System Mission Directorate, closed habitats like ISS or its Earth analogues for the Human Exploration and Operation Mission Directorate. Also, he provides expertise for non-NASA programs such as commercial agencies (Boeing – airline cabin air measurement), medical industries (tissue and organ transplants processing) in measuring microbial pathogens that are problematic and health related. The bioinformatics databases generated by Venkateswaran’s team are extremely useful in the development of biosensors. Further, these models or information in database are extrapolated to what is known about the spacecraft surfaces and enclosed habitats in an attempt to determine forward contamination as well as develop countermeasures (advance cleaning and sterilization technologies) to control the problematic microbial species. Specifically, his research into the study of clean room environment using state-of-the art molecular analysis coupled with nucleic acid and protein-based microarray, will allow accurate interpretation of data and implementation of planetary protection policies of present missions, helping to set standards for future life-detection missions.


Education: 
  • M.S. in Marine Biology, Annamalai University, India (1977)
  • Ph.D. in Marine Microbiology, Annamalai University, India (1982)
  • Doctorate in Agriculture (Food Microbiology & Hygiene; Hiroshima Univ.) (1990)

Research Interests: 
  • Microbiology
  • Extremophile
  • Molecular Microbiology

Professional Experience: 
  1. 32 years of research encompass marine, food and environmental microbiology. He has applied his research in molecular microbial analysis to better understand the ecological aspects of microbes, while conducting field studies in several extreme environments such as deep sea (2,500 m), spacecraft (Mars Odyssey, Genesis, MER, Mars Express) assembly facility clean rooms (various NASA and ESA facilities) as well as the space environment in Earth orbit (International Space Station).

Selected Awards: 
  • NASA Voyager Award in 2016
  • Recipient of first “One NASA Peer Award” in 2005
  • JPL Center – One NASA Peer Award in 2005
  • NASA Space Act Award recipient in 2003, 2005, 2008
  • Novel Technology Report Awards (14)

Selected Publications: 
  1. Venkateswaran K, Vu A, Musick M, Echeverria C, Chung S, Satomi M, Koukol R, Kern R, White D. 2000. Phylogenetic characterization and description of novel heat-tolerant Bacillus species isolated from spacecraft assembly facility. Proceedings from the 30th International Conference on Environmental Systems, July, 2000, Toulouse, France. Society of Automotive Engineers Technical paper series #00ICES-129.
  2. Chung S, Venkateswaran K, Echeverria C, La Duc M, Schubert W, Kazarians G, Wainwright N, Basic C, Kern R. 2001. 101st General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Orlando, FL.
  3. Venkateswaran K, Satomi M, Chung S, Kern R, Koukol R, Basic C, White D. 2001. Molecular Microbial Diversity of a Spacecraft Assembly Facility. Syst. Appl. Microbiol. 24:311-320.
  4. Benardini JN, Sawyer J, Venkateswaran K, Nicholson WL. 2003. Spore UV and acceleration resistance of endolithic Bacillus pumilus and Bacillus subtilis isolates obtained from Sonoran desert basalt: Implications for lithopanspermia. Astrobiology 3:709-717.
  5. La Duc MT, Nicholson W, Kern R, Venkateswaran K. 2003. Microbial characterization of the Mars Odyssey spacecraft and its encapsulation facility. Environ. Microbiol. 5:977-985.
  6. La Duc MT, Sumner R, Pierson DL, Venkateswaran K. 2003. Proceedings form the 33rd International Conference on Environmental Systems, Vancouver, Canada.
  7. Venkateswaran K, Hattori N, La Duc MT, Kern R. 2003. ATP as a biomarker of viable microorganisms in clean-room facilities. J Microbiol Methods 52:367-377.
  8. Venkateswaran K, Kempf M, Chen F, Satomi M, Nicholson W, Kern R. 2003. Bacillus nealsonii sp. nov., isolated from a spacecraft-assembly facility, whose spores are gamma-radiation resistant. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 53:165-172.
  9. Dickinson DN, La Duc MT, Haskins WE, Gornushkin I, Winefordner JD, Powell DH, Venkateswaran K. 2004. Species differentiation of a diverse suite of Bacillus spores by mass spectrometry-based protein profiling. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 70:475-482.
  10. Dickinson DN, La Duc MT, Satomi M, Winefordner JD, Powell DH, Venkateswaran K. 2004. MALDI-TOFMS compared with other polyphasic taxonomy approaches for the identification and classification of Bacillus pumilus spores. J. Microbiol. Meth. 58:1-12.
  11. La Duc MT, Kern RG, Venkateswaran K. 2004. Microbial monitoring of spacecraft and associated environments. Microb. Ecol. 47:150-158.
  12. La Duc MT, Pierson DL, Venkateswaran K. 2004. Evidence of pathogenic microbes in the International Space Station drinking water: Reason for concern? Habitation 10:39-48.
  13. La Duc MT, Satomi M, Agata N, Venkateswaran K. 2004. gyrB as a phylogenetic discriminator for members of the Bacillus anthracis-cereus-thuringiensis group. J. Microbiol. Meth. 56:383-394.
  14. La Duc MT, Satomi M, Venkateswaran K. 2004. Bacillus odysseyi sp. nov., a round-spore-forming bacillus isolated from the Mars Odyssey spacecraft. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 54:195-201.
  15. Link L, Sawyer J, Venkateswaran K, Nicholson W. 2004. Extreme spore UV resistance of Bacillus pumilus isolates obtained from an ultraclean spacecraft assembly facility. Microb. Ecol. 47:159-163.
  16. Venkateswaran K, Chung S, Allton J, Kern R. 2004. Evaluation of various cleaning methods to remove Bacillus spores from spacecraft hardware materials. Astrobiology 4:377-390.
  17. Benardini J, Ballinger J, Crawford R, Roman M, Sumner R, Venkateswaran K. 2005. 34th International Conference on Environmental Systems, International Space Station Internal Thermal Coolant System: An initial assessment of the microbial communities within fluids from ground support and flight hardware, July, 2005, Rome, Italy.
  18. Bruckner JC, Yalamanchili RC, Fields R, Sumner R, Venkateswaran K. 2005. 105th General meeting of the American Society of Microbiology, Atlanta, GA.
  19. Kempf MJ, Chen F, Kern R, Venkateswaran K. 2005. Recurrent isolation of hydrogen peroxide-resistant spores of Bacillus pumilus from a spacecraft assembly facility. Astrobiology 5:391-405.
  20. Kern R, Kazarians G, Beaudet RA, Venkateswaran K, Chen F. 2005. Rapid enzyme-based microbial burden assays: The case for certifying total adenosine triphosphate assay for use on spacecraft hardware. JPL D-30970. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.
  21. Osman S, Stuecker T, Newcombe D, Venkateswaran K. 2005. Microbial burden and community profiles of the Genesis curation laboratory. In Microbiology ASf (ed.), 105th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology., vol. Abstracts, Atlanta, GA.
  22. Stuecker TN, D.A. Newcombe, E. Murdock, R. Sumner, and K. Venkateswaran 2005. 34th International Conference on Environmental Systems, July, 2005, Rome, Italy.
  23. Behar A, Matthews J, Venkateswaran K, Bruckner J, Jonsson J. 2006. A deep sea hydrothermal vent bio-sampler for large volume in-situ filtration of hydrothermal vent fluids. Cah. Biol. Mar. 47:443-447.
  24. Dekas AE, Moissl C, Osman S, La Duc MT, Newcombe Da, Venkateswaran K. 2006, p 389; Abstract #: N-094. 106th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Orlando, FL.
  25. Gatson JW, Benz BF, Chandrasekaran C, Satomi M, Venkateswaran K, Hart ME. 2006. Bacillus tequilensis sp. nov., isolated from a 2000-year-old Mexican shaft-tomb, is closely related to Bacillus subtilis. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 56:1475-1484.
  26. Osman S, Satomi M, Venkateswaran K. 2006. Paenibacillus pasadenensis sp. nov. and Paenibacillus barengoltzii sp. nov., isolated from a spacecraft assembly facility. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 56:1509-1514.
  27. Pillai SD, Venkateswaran K, Cepeda M, Soni K, Mittasch S, Maxim J, Osman S. 2006, p 9 pp. Aerospace Conference, 2006 IEEE.
  28. Russell E, Newcombe DA, Spry A, Wainwright N, Venkateswaran K. 2006. ASM-Extremophiles, Virginia, USA.
  29. Satomi M, La Duc MT, Venkateswaran K. 2006. Bacillus safensis sp. nov., isolated from spacecraft and assembly-facility surfaces. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 56:1735-1740.
  30. Satomi M, Vogel BF, Gram L, Venkateswaran K. 2006. Shewanella hafniensis sp. nov. and Shewanella morhuae sp. nov., isolated from marine fish of the Baltic Sea. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 56:243-249.
  31. Schuerger AC, Richards JT, Newcombe DA, Venkateswaran K. 2006. Rapid inactivation of seven Bacillus spp. under simulated Mars UV irradiation. Icarus 181:52-62.
  32. Bruckner JC, Venkateswaran K. 2007. Overview of methodologies to sample and assess microbial burden in low biomass environments. Jap. J. Food Microbiol. 24:61-70.
  33. Gioia J, Yerrapragada S, Qin X, Jiang H, Igboeli OC, Muzny D, Dugan-Rocha S, Ding Y, Hawes A, Liu W, Perez L, Kovar C, Dinh H, Lee S, Nazareth L, Blyth P, Holder M, Buhay C, Tirumalai MR, Liu Y, Dasgupta I, Bokhetache L, Fujita M, Karouia F, Eswara Moorthy P, Siefert J, Uzman A, Buzumbo P, Verma A, Zwiya H, McWilliams BD, Olowu A, Clinkenbeard KD, Newcombe D, Golebiewski L, Petrosino JF, Nicholson WL, Fox GE, Venkateswaran K, Highlander SK, Weinstock GM. 2007. Paradoxical DNA repair and peroxide resistance gene conservation in Bacillus pumilus SAFR-032. PLoS One 2:e928.
  34. La Duc MT, Benardini JT, Lubarsky M, Kempf MJ, Newcombe DA, Venkateswaran K. 2007. Microbial characterization of an Indian Ocean hydrothermal vent plume. Astrobiology 7:416-431.
  35. La Duc MT, Dekas A, Osman S, Moissl C, Newcombe D, Venkateswaran K. 2007. Isolation and characterization of bacteria capable of tolerating the extreme conditions of clean room environments. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 73:2600-2611.
  36. La Duc MT, Stucker T, Venkateswaran K. 2007. Molecular bacterial diversity and bioburden of commercial airliner cabin air. Can. J. Microbiol. 53:1259-1271.
  37. Moissl C, Hosoya N, Bruckner J, Stuecker T, Roman M, Venkateswaran K. 2007. Molecular microbial community structure of the Regenerative Enclosed Life Support Module Simulator air system. Int. J. Astrobiol. 6:131-145.
  38. Moissl C, Osman S, La Duc MT, Dekas A, Brodie E, DeSantis T, Venkateswaran K. 2007. Molecular bacterial community analysis of clean rooms where spacecraft are assembled. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 61:509-521.
  39. Moores JE, Smith PH, Tanner R, Schuerger AC, Venkateswaran K. 2007. The shielding effect of small-scale Martian surface geometry on ultraviolet lux. Icarus 192:417-433.
  40. Osman S, Moissl C, Hosoya N, Briegel A, Mayilraj S, Satomi M, Venkateswaran K. 2007. Tetrasphaera remsis sp. nov., isolated from the Regenerative Enclosed Life Support Module Simulator (REMS) air system. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 57:2749-2753.
  41. Satomi M, Vogel BF, Venkateswaran K, Gram L. 2007. Description of Shewanella glacialipiscicola sp. nov. and Shewanella algidipiscicola sp. nov., isolated from marine fish of the Danish Baltic Sea, and proposal that Shewanella affinis is a later heterotypic synonym of Shewanella colwelliana. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 57:347-352.
  42. Urgiles E, Wilcox J, Montes O, Osman SAOS, Venkateswaran KAVK, Cepeda MACM, Maxim JAMJ, Braby LABL, Pillai SDAPSD. 2007, p 1-15. Aerospace Conference, 2007 IEEE.
  43. Bruckner JC, Osman S, Conley C, Venkateswaran K. 2008. Space Microbiology: Planetary Protection, Burden, Diversity and Significance of Spacecraft Associated Microbes., p. 52-65. In Schaechter M (ed.), Encyclopedia of Microbiology Elsevier, Oxford.
  44. Moissl C, Bruckner JC, Venkateswaran K. 2008. Archaeal diversity analysis of spacecraft assembly clean rooms. ISME J 2:115-119.
  45. Newcombe DA, LaDuc MT, Vaishampayan P, Venkateswaran K. 2008. Impact of assembly, testing, and launch operations on the airborne bacterial diversity within a spacecraft assembly facility clean-room. Intern. J. Astrobiol. 7:223-236.
  46. Osman S, LaDuc MT, Dekas A, Newcombe D, Venkateswaran K. 2008. Microbial bioburden and diversity of commercial airline cabin air during short- and long-duration of travel. ISME J 2:482-497.
  47. Osman S, Peeters Z, La Duc MT, Mancinelli R, Ehrenfreund P, Venkateswaran K. 2008. Effect of shadowing on survival of bacteria under conditions simulating the Martian atmosphere and UV radiation. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 74:959-970.
  48. La Duc MT, Osman S, Vaishampayan P, Piceno Y, Andersen G, Spry JA, Venkateswaran K. 2009. Comprehensive census of bacteria in clean rooms by using DNA microarray and cloning methods. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 75:6559-6567.
  49. La Duc MT, Osman S, Venkateswaran K. 2009. Comparative analysis of methods for the purification of DNA from low-biomass samples based on total yield and conserved microbial diversity. Journal of Rapid Methods & Automation in Microbiology 17:350-368.
  50. Newcombe D, Dekas A, Mayilraj S, Venkateswaran K. 2009. Bacillus canaveralius sp. nov., an alkali-tolerant bacterium isolated from a spacecraft assembly facility. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 59:2015-2019.
  51. Vaishampayan P, Miyashita M, Ohnishi A, Satomi M, Rooney A, La Duc MT, Venkateswaran K. 2009. Description of Rummeliibacillus stabekisii gen. nov., sp. nov. and reclassification of Bacillus pycnus Nakamura et al. 2002 as Rummeliibacillus pycnus comb. nov. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 59:1094-1099.
  52. Ghosh S, Osman S, Vaishampayan P, Venkateswaran K. 2010. Recurrent isolation of extremotolerant bacteria from the clean room where Phoenix spacecraft components were assembled. Astrobiology 10:325-335.
  53. Probst A, Vaishampayan P, Osman S, Moissl-Eichinger C, Andersen GL, Venkateswaran K. 2010. Diversity of anaerobic microbes in spacecraft assembly clean rooms. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 76:2837-2845.
  54. Schwendner P, Vaishampayan P, Osman S, Rabbow E, Moissl-Eichinger C, Horneck G, Venkateswaran K. 2010. 110th General meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
  55. Vaishampayan P, Osman S, Andersen G, Venkateswaran K. 2010. High-density 16S microarray and clone library-based microbial community composition of the Phoenix spacecraft assembly clean room. Astrobiology 10:499-508.
  56. Vaishampayan P, Probst A, Krishnamurthi S, Ghosh S, Osman S, McDowall A, Ruckmani A, Mayilraj S, Venkateswaran K. 2010. Bacillus horneckiae sp. nov., isolated from a spacecraft-assembly clean room. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 60:1031-1037.
  57. Vaishampayan PA, Fox GE, Venkateswaran K. 2010, p 78190Q-78191. SPIE, San Diego, CA.
  58. Augustus A, Roberts A, Vaishampayan P, Schwendner P, Moissl-Eichinger C, Salmassi T, Venkateswaran K. 2011. ASM 111th General Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  59. Benardini JN, Vaishampayan PA, Schwendner P, Swanner E, Fukui Y, Osman S, Satomi M, Venkateswaran K. 2011. Paenibacillus phoenicis sp. nov., isolated from the Phoenix Lander assembly facility and a subsurface molybdenum mine. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 61:1338-1343.
  60. Cooper M, La Duc MT, Probst A, Vaishampayan P, Stam C, Benardini JN, Piceno YM, Andersen GL, Venkateswaran K. 2011. Comparison of innovative molecular approaches and standard spore assays for assessment of surface cleanliness. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 77:5438-5444.
  61. Gómez F, Walter N, Amils R, Rull F, Klingelhöfer AK, Kviderova J, Sarrazin P, Foing B, Behar A, Fleischer I, Parro V, Garcia-Villadangos M, Blake D, Martin Ramos JD, Direito S, Mahapatra P, Stam C, Venkateswaran K, Voytek M. 2011. Multidisciplinary integrated field campaign to an acidic Martian Earth analogue with astrobiological interest: Rio Tinto. International Journal of Astrobiology 10:291-305.
  62. Kwan K, Cooper M, La Duc MT, Vaishampayan P, Stam C, Benardini JN, Scalzi G, Moissl-Eichinger C, Venkateswaran K. 2011. Evaluation of procedures for the collection, processing, and analysis of biomolecules from low-biomass surfaces. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 77:2943-2953.
  63. Moseley MA, Dubois LG, Soderblom EJ, Thompson JW, Carnell L, Fox G, Horneck G, Vaishampayan P, Venkateswaran K. 2011. American Society for Mass Spectrometry, Denver, CO.
  64. Roberts A, Augustus A, Vaishampayan P, Schwendner P, Rettberg P, Salmassi T, Mayilraj S, Venkateswaran K. 2011. 111th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiologists, New Orleans, LA.
  65. Zhu D, Vaishampayan PA, Venkateswaran K, Fox GE. 2011. STITCH: algorithm to splice, trim, identify, track, and capture the uniqueness of 16S rRNAs sequence pairs using public or in-house database. Microb. Ecol. 61:669-675.
  66. Choi S, Chang MS, Stuecker T, Chung C, Newcombe DA, Venkateswaran K. 2012. A fosmid cloning strategy for detecting the widest possible spectrum of microbes from the international space station drinking water system. Genomics & informatics 10:249-255.
  67. Horneck G, Moeller R, Cadet J, Douki T, Mancinelli RL, Nicholson WL, Panitz C, Rabbow E, Rettberg P, Spry A, Stackebrandt E, Vaishampayan P, Venkateswaran KJ. 2012. Resistance of bacterial endospores to outer space for planetary protection purposes--experiment PROTECT of the EXPOSE-E mission. Astrobiology 12:445-456.
  68. La Duc MT, Vaishampayan P, Nilsson HR, Torok T, Venkateswaran K. 2012. Pyrosequencing-derived bacterial, archaeal, and fungal diversity of spacecraft hardware destined for Mars. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 78:5912-5922.
  69. McCoy KB, Derecho I, Wong T, Tran HM, Huynh TD, La Duc MT, Venkateswaran K, Mogul R. 2012. Insights into the Extremotolerance of Acinetobacter radioresistens 50v1, a Gram-Negative Bacterium Isolated from the Mars Odyssey Spacecraft. Astrobiology 12:854-862.
  70. Onofri S, de la Torre R, de Vera J, Ott S, Zucconi L, Selbmann L, Scalzi G, Venkateswaran K, Rabbow E, Horneck G. 2012. Hitchhikers between planets? – Rock-colonising organisms survive 1.5 years in outer space. Astrobiology 12:508-516.
  71. Stam CN, Bruckner J, Spry JA, Venkateswaran K, La Duc MT. 2012. A molecular method to assess bioburden embedded within silicon-based resins used on modern spacecraft materials. International Journal of Astrobiology 11:141-145.
  72. Vaishampayan P, Rabbow E, Horneck G, Venkateswaran K. 2012. Survival of Bacillus pumilus spores for a prolonged period of time in real space conditions. Astrobiology 12:487-497.
  73. Venkateswaran K, La Duc MT, Vaishampayan P. 2012. Genetic Inventory Task: Final Report, JPL Publication 12-12, p. 1-117, vol. 1 and 2. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.
  74. Bargoma E, La Duc MT, Kwan K, Vaishampayan P, Venkateswaran K. 2013. Differential recovery of phylogenetically disparate microbes from spacecraft-qualified metal surfaces. Astrobiology 13:189-202.
  75. Mijnendonckx K, Provoost A, Ott CM, Venkateswaran K, Mahillon J, Leys N, Van Houdt R. 2013. Characterization of the survival ability of Cupriavidus metallidurans and Ralstonia pickettii from space-related environments. Microb. Ecol. 65:347-360.
  76. Probst AJ, Holman HY, Desantis TZ, Andersen GL, Birarda G, Bechtel HA, Piceno YM, Sonnleitner M, Venkateswaran K, Moissl-Eichinger C. 2013. Tackling the minority: sulfate-reducing bacteria in an archaea-dominated subsurface biofilm. ISME J 7:635-651.
  77. Tirumalai MR, Rastogi R, Zamani N, O'Bryant Williams E, Allen S, Diouf F, Kwende S, Weinstock GM, Venkateswaran KJ, Fox GE. 2013. Candidate genes that may be responsible for the unusual resistances exhibited by Bacillus pumilus SAFR-032 spores. PLoS One 8:e66012.
  78. Vaishampayan P, Moissl-Eichinger C, Pukall R, Schumann P, Sproer C, Augustus A, Hayden Roberts A, Namba G, Cisneros J, Salmassi T, Venkateswaran K. 2013. Description of Tersicoccus phoenicis gen. nov., sp. nov. isolated from spacecraft assembly clean room environments. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 63:2463-2471.
  79. Vaishampayan P, Probst AJ, La Duc MT, Bargoma E, Benardini JN, Andersen GL, Venkateswaran K. 2013. New perspectives on viable microbial communities in low-biomass cleanroom environments. ISME J 7:312-324.
  80. Venkateswaran K, La Duc MT, Vaishampayan P, Spry JA. 2013. Microbial life in extreme low-biomass environments – a molecular approach. American Society for Microbiology, Washington DC.
  81. Benardini J, Venkateswaran K. 2014. Application of the ATP assay to rapidly assess cleanliness of spacecraft surfaces—a path to set a standard for future missions. Astrobiology submitted.
  82. Derecho I, McCoy KB, Vaishampayan P, Venkateswaran K, Mogul R. 2014. Characterization of hydrogen peroxide-resistant Acinetobacter species isolated during the Mars Phoenix spacecraft assembly. Astrobiology 14:837-847.
  83. Krebs JE, Vaishampayan P, Probst AJ, Tom LM, Marteinsson VT, Andersen GL, Venkateswaran K. 2014. Microbial Community Structures of Novel Icelandic Hot Spring Systems Revealed by PhyloChip G3 Analysis. Astrobiology 14:229-240.
  84. La Duc MT, Venkateswaran K, Conley CA. 2014. A genetic inventory of spacecraft and associated surfaces. Astrobiology 14:15-23.
  85. Monsieurs P, Mijnendonckx K, Provoost A, Venkateswaran K, Ott CM, Leys N, Van Houdt R. 2014. Genome sequences of Cupriavidus metallidurans strains NA1, NA4, and NE12, isolated from space equipment. Genome Announc 2.
  86. Monsieurs P, Mijnendonckx K, Provoost A, Venkateswaran K, Ott CM, Leys N, Van Houdt R. 2014. Draft Genome sequences of Ralstonia pickettii strains SSH4 and CW2, isolated from space equipment. Genome Announc 2.
  87. Stepanov VG, Vaishampayan P, Venkateswaran K, Fox GE. 2014. Draft genome sequence of Deinococcus phoenicis, a novel strain isolated during the Phoenix Lander spacecraft assembly. Genome Announc 2(2):e00301-14. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00301-14.:e00301-00314. doi: 00310.01128/genomeA.00301-00314.
  88. Vaishampayan P, Roberts AH, Augustus A, Pukall R, Schumann P, Schwendner P, Mayilraj S, Salmassi T, Venkateswaran K. 2014. Deinococcus phoenicis sp. nov., an extreme ionizing-radiation-resistant bacterium isolated from the Phoenix Lander assembly facility. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 64:3441-3446.
  89. Venkateswaran K, La Duc MT, Horneck G. 2014. Microbial existence in controlled habitats and their resistance to space conditions. Microbes Environ. 29:243-249.
  90. Venkateswaran K, Vaishampayan P, Benardini JN, 3rd, Rooney AP, Spry JA. 2014. Deposition of extreme-tolerant bacterial strains isolated during different phases of Phoenix spacecraft assembly in a public culture collection. Astrobiology 14:24-26.
  91. Venkateswaran K, Vaishampayan P, Cisneros J, Pierson DL, Rogers SO, Perry J. 2014. International Space Station environmental microbiome - microbial inventories of ISS filter debris. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 98:6453-6466.
  92. Checinska A, Probst AJ, Vaishampayan P, White JR, Kumar D, Stepanov VG, Fox GE, Nilsson HR, Pierson DL, Perry J, Venkateswaran K. 2015. Microbiomes of the dust particles collected from the International Space Station and Spacecraft Assembly Facilities. Microbiome 3:50.
  93. Mahnert A, Vaishampayan P, Probst AJ, Auerbach A, Moissl-Eichinger C, Venkateswaran K, Berg G. 2015. Cleanroom Maintenance Significantly Reduces Abundance but Not Diversity of Indoor Microbiomes. PLoS One 10:e0134848.
  94. Moissl-Eichinger C, Auerbach AK, Probst AJ, Mahnert A, Tom L, Piceno Y, Andersen GL, Venkateswaran K, Rettberg P, Barczyk S. 2015. Quo vadis? Microbial profiling revealed strong effects of cleanroom maintenance and routes of contamination in indoor environments. Sci. Rep. 5.
  95. Onofri S, de Vera JP, Zucconi L, Selbmann L, Scalzi G, Venkateswaran KJ, Rabbow E, de la Torre R, Horneck G. 2015. Survival of Antarctic Cryptoendolithic Fungi in Simulated Martian Conditions On Board the International Space Station. Astrobiology 15:1052-1059.
  96. Blachowicz A, Knox BP, Romsdah lJ, Palmer JM, Huttenlocher A, Wang CCC, Keller NP, Venkateswaran K. 2016. Characterization of Aspergillus fumigatus isolated from air and surfaces of the International Space Station, 13th European Conference on Fungal Genetics, Paris, France, April 3-6, 2016.
  97. Knox BP, Blachowicz A, Palmer JM, Romsdahl J, Huttenlocher A, Wang CCC, Keller NP, Venkateswaran K. 2016. Characterization of Aspergillus fumigatus Isolates from Air and Surfaces of the International Space Station. mSphere 1.
  98. Knox BP, Blachowicz A, Romsdahl J, Palmer JM, Huttenlocher A, Wang CCC, Keller NP, Venkateswaran K. 2016. 7th Advances Against Aspergillosis, Manchester, United Kingdom. March 3-5, 2016.
  99. Mayer T, Blachowicz A, Probst AJ, Vaishampayan P, Checinska A, Swarmer T, de Leon P, Venkateswaran K. 2016. Microbial succession in an inflated lunar/Mars analog habitat during a 30-day human occupation. Microbiome 4:1-17.
  100. Singh NK, Blachowicz A, Checinska A, Wang C, Venkateswaran K. 2016. Draft Genome Sequences of Two Aspergillus fumigatus Strains, Isolated from the International Space Station. Genome Announc 4.
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