SYBORGS Lab - University of Florida



  1. Jithran Ekanayake becomes the first Sri Lankan to send experiment to the International Space Station. News 1st: Prime Time English News, March 30, 2023. YouTube; Twitter; Instagram

Radio / Podcast

  1. “Voices from DARPA” Podcast Episode 68: Space Manufacturing. DARPA, May 18, 2023.  Blubrry; YouTube; Apple Podcasts
  2. Space synthetic biology; space biomanufacturing; astronaut food; and space pharmaceuticals. Science Today (CBS Radio), November 12, 2014.

Print (Newspapers, Magazines, and Web)

  1. B-SURE teams ready to blast off! DARPA News, May 11, 2023.
  2. Jithran Ekanayake. U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 2, 2023. Facebook; Instagram
  3. Connect Gainesville. LMD International, April 28, 2023.
  4. The final frontier no more. The Morning, April 16, 2023.
  5. Jithran Ekanayake becomes first Sri Lankan to send experiment to International Space Station. News 1st, March 30, 2023.
  6. UF will spearhead DARPA mission to pioneer crucial biomanufacturing in space. UF Powering the New Engineer, March 16, 2023.
  7. Team led by UF MAE Professor Amor Menezes set to begin momentous space biomanufacturing mission. UF MAE Highlights, March 14, 2023.
  8. Efficient and resilient biomanufacturing in variable gravity. Space Station Research Explorer on, February 20, 2023.
  9. Microbes could help us make rocket fuel on Mars. Popular Science, November 9, 2021.
  10. Deep-space travel, colonization may rely on genetically engineered life forms. Genetic Literacy Project, June 16, 2017.
  11. Biotechnology, synthetic biology keys to humans colonizing other planets. Genetic Literacy Project, January 27, 2016.
  12. Science deniers stay home: Synthetic biology crucial to human missions to Mars. Genetic Literacy Project, January 5, 2016.
  13. How GMOs will let astronauts live on Mars. Discover Magazine, December 18, 2015.
  14. Why hacking DNA is the secret of deep-space travel. Popular Mechanics, December 11, 2015. 
  15. The many frontiers of synthetic biology. Berkeley Engineer, May 1, 2015.
  16. To the stars and back again. Berkeley Science Review, April 29, 2015.
  17. Taking our (bacterial) cultures into space. Berkeley Science Review, April 28, 2015. 
  18. Packing light for Mars. Cosmos, March 16, 2015.
  19. Mars missions and space synthetic biology. BioTechniques, December 5, 2014.
  20. Why synthetic biology could be the key to space travel. Popular Mechanics, November 7, 2014.
  21. Mit Bioreaktoren und 3D-Druckern zum Mars. Der Spiegel, November 5, 2014.
  22. Biological waste to transform long-duration space travel and colonization of Mars. International Business Times, November 5, 2014.
  23. Q & A: Synthetic biology and space. Royal Society Publishing Blog, November 5, 2014.