Plant Scientist and Project Scientist, NASA KSC
Gioia Massa is a plant scientist and a NASA project scientist at Kennedy Space Center. She works on food crop production for the International Space Station and future space exploration endeavors. She led the science team for the initial Veggie hardware validation on the space station. Currently she heads an interdisciplinary group to study fertilizer and light impacts on yield, nutrition, flavor, and food safety of Veggie-grown crops, and to assess crew behavioral health benefits from space crop growth. In addition to Veggie, she helps with science needs for other space station hardware and works with external investigators to help their science to function on station. She also is involved with education and outreach programs related to plants in space and space food production.
Gioia has a BS in Plant Science from Cornell University, a PhD in Plant Biology from Penn State University, and has conducted postdoctoral research at Purdue University and Kennedy Space Center. She has worked in the areas of plant space biology and bioregenerative life support.