Kathleen Rubins was selected by NASA in 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from the University
of California and a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Stanford University Medical School Biochemistry Department and
Microbiology and Immunology Department. Dr. Rubins conducted her undergraduate research on HIV-1 integration in
the Infectious Diseases Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She worked as a Fellow/Principal
Investigator at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and headed 14 researchers studying viral diseases that
primarily affect Central and West Africa.
Rubins is currently serving onboard the ISS as Flight Engineer for Expeditions 48 and 49.
She obtained her Ph.D. from Stanford University and, with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rubins and colleagues developed the first model of smallpox infection. She also
developed a complete map of the poxvirus transcriptome and studied virus-host interactions using both invitro and
animal model systems.
Dr. Rubins then accepted a Fellow/Principal Investigator position at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
(MIT/Cambridge, Massachusetts) and headed a lab of 14 researchers studying viral diseases that primarily affect Central
and West Africa. She traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to conduct research and super
vise study sites. Work in the Rubins Lab focused on poxviruses and host-pathogen interaction as well as viral mechanisms for regulating host
cell mRNA transcription, translation and decay. In addition, she conducted research on transcriptome and genome
sequencing of filoviruses (Ebola and Marburg) and Arenaviruses (Lassa Fever) and collaborative projects with the U.S.
Army to develop therapies for Ebola and Lassa viruses. Dr. Rubins has published and presented her work in numerous
papers at international scientific conferences and in scientific journals.