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Stephen Keith Chapes

Stephen Keith Chapes is a Professor in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University. He has been on the faculty at KSU since 1984. He received his B.S. and M.P.H. Degrees from the University of Illinois in Chicago and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1981. He did postdoctoral work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and at Emory University.

He is a member of the NASA Commercial Center jointly funded at the University of Colorado and at Kansas State University. He was a member of the first NSCORT for Gravitational Biology and was a Co-PI for the IMMUNE 1-3 projects that flew on the space shuttle in 1994-1996. Chapes has had experiments on 11 Space Shuttle flights, with his first being STS-37 in 1991. His last flight was STS-77 which flew IMMUNE 3 in May 1996. Chapes has also actively participated in NASA's KC-135 flight program.

He has published over a dozen gravitational-biology-related papers since 1990 and has more than 60 peer-reviewed publications in the field of immunology. He has been a member of ASGSB since 1988. Chapes is also a member of the American Association of Immunologists and the American Society for Microbiology. He is a member and was a councilor of the Society for Leukocyte Biology in 1998. He was on the Immunology Task Group which is drafting a NASA position statement for space flight immunology.

To contact S. Keith Chapes, e-mail [email protected].