About Cheryl Nickerson
Dr. Cheryl A. Nickerson is the Editor-in-Chief of npj Microgravity and Professor in the School of Life Sciences, at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University in the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology. Dr. Nickerson is internationally recognized for her pioneering research in utilizing the microgravity environment of spaceflight as a unique biomedical research platform to provide novel insight into how physical forces dictate the outcome of host-pathogen interactions that lead to infectious disease. Her landmark spaceflight experiments aboard the NASA Space Shuttle and International Space Station, along with use of NASA designed ground-based microgravity analogues, laid the foundation for use of the microgravity platform for modern microbiological research in spaceflight. Her multidisciplinary research focuses on microbial and human cellular responses to the physical forces of fluid shear and/or gravity, which are relevant to those encountered during their natural lifecycles, how these responses are related to infectious disease, and ultimately conversion of this knowledge to translational applications.