Era Joy Padilla Agus

Biomedical engineering

Hometown: Quezon City, National Capital Region, Philippines

Graduation date: Spring 2024

Additional details: Barrett--The Honors College

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FURI | Fall 2022

Heat Transfer Modeling of Solid-State Fermentation Bioreactors to Produce Medicine in Space Habitats

This project seeks to determine the most optimal design for growing penicillin through solid-state fermentation (SSF) bioreactors. SSF is a promising method used to grow fungi, which can produce antibiotics like penicillin. Compared to other methods, SSF results in higher yields of penicillin in less time and requires fewer resources — which is ideal in resource-sensitive environments such as spacecraft on long-term exploration missions. The heat transfer of various SSF bioreactors were modeled to determine which design resulted in the most optimal regulation of heat through forced aeration and agitation.


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