Christopher E. Carr, Sc.D.

Research Scientist


Facilities Used

MIT Nuclear Reactor Lab

MGH Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center

NASA Space Radiation Lab

Contact Leah Selva at Brookhaven National Lab to get proposal submission information.

Space Radiation and Biology

Our life detection instrument, SETG, uses biological components like DNA, and the polymerases that copy DNA. We use analogs of space radiation to make sure that these components will continue to function in space.


  1. Carr CE, Rowedder H, Vafadari C, Lui C, Cascio E, Zuber M, and Ruvkun G. Radiation resistance of biological reagents for in-situ life detection. Astrobiology Jan 2013, 13(1): 68-78. doi:10.1089/ast.2012.0869.

  2. Carr CE, Rowedder H, Lui C, Zlatkovsky I, Papalias CW, Bolander J, Myers J, Rothberg JM, Zuber MT, Ruvkun G. Radiation resistance of sequencing chips for in-situ life detection. Astrobiology 13(6). doi:10.1089/ast.2012.0923

Below: An apparatus for exposing small chemical and biological samples to a neutron source.