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THE HARVARD-MIT PROGRAM IN BIOASTRONAUTICS. 18 th IAA Humans in Space Symposium Houston, Texas April 11-15, 2011 Laurence R. Young, Julie Greenberg, and Alan Natapoff. The Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

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the harvard mit program in bioastronautics


18th IAA Humans in Space Symposium

Houston, Texas

April 11-15, 2011

Laurence R. Young, Julie Greenberg, and Alan Natapoff

the harvard mit division of health sciences and technology
The Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
  • 1971 Harvard and MIT create what is now the Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST). Offers MD degrees.
  • 1978 HST creates the Medical Engineering/ Medical Physics (MEMP) PhD Program.
  • 2006 MEMP creates the Bioastronautics PhD Program.
curriculum memp overview
Curriculum: MEMP, Overview
  • Combines engineering and physical sciences with biological sciences
    • Pre-clinical medicine (with MD students).
    • 12-week Introduction to Clinical Medicine
    • Clinical or industrial preceptorship.
    • Thesis research
memp core
  • Human Pathology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Cardiovascular Pathophysiology,

and two of.. Renal-, Respiratory-,Musculoskeletal-Pathophysiology, Introduction to Neuroscience


  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine (12 weeks), at a Harvard-affiliated hospital.
required subjects for bioastronautics
Required subjects for Bioastronautics
  • Aerospace Biomedical and Life Support Engineering
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Space Systems Engineering
  • Space Life Sciences Journal Seminar

(includes link to UTMB Aerospace Medicine Grand Rounds)

curriculum electives special to bioastronautics
Curriculum: Electives Special to Bioastronautics

Students elect at least one of the following:

  • Sensory Neural Systems: Spatial Orientation from End Organs to Behavior and Adaptation
  • Radiation Biophysics
  • Engineering Apollo: The Moon Project as a Complex System
  • Strategic Decision-Making in the Biomedical Business
  • Information Technology in the Health-Care System of the Future
bioastronautics hands on training
Bioastronautics: Hands-on Training
  • Summer Institute with internship
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine
  • Clinical preceptorship at NASA or industrial laboratory
summer johnson space center
Summer: Johnson Space Center
  • Space Life Sciences orientation (NSBRI)
  • 2-3 month space related internship at JSC
  • Mentors: Dr. Jean Sibonga, Dr. Jeffrey Jones, Dr. William H. Paloski, Dr. Francis Cucinotta, Dr. David Wu, Dr. Lori Ploutz-Snyder, Nicholas Skytland.
memp recruitment admissions
MEMP Recruitment & Admissions
  • Typically, 300 applicants, 6% are admitted, of which 80% accept.
  • Bioastronautics, typically: 15 applicants, 1 is admitted and accepts.
  • Materials developed for the Program’s courses have been supplied to NSBRI and are available for use by colleagues at our counterpart Bioastronautics program (also supported by the NSBRI) at TAMU.
  • After further refinement, the materials may be made available more widely using MIT’s OpenCourseWare
generation phd alumni ae
Generation: PhD Alumni/ae

Kathleen Sienko (University of Michigan, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering)

  • Erika Brown Wagner (X-Prize Foundation)
  • Erez Lieberman-Aiden (Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows)
generation doctoral candidates
Generation: Doctoral Candidates
  • Dan Buckland (Ultrasound imaging of cervical spine in extreme environments.)
  • Sarah Lumpkins (Risks of highly ionizing radiation on long-duration space flight.)
  • Rachel Ellman (Countermeasures to bone and muscle atrophy in partial gravity.)
  • Jordan Spatz (Effects of microgravity on signaling pathways of osteocytes.)
generation newest students
Generation: Newest Students
  • Alexander Bruno (Bone/ Muscle physiology)
  • Dustin Kendrick (Exercise physiology)
  • Nikhil Vadhavkar (admitted 2011)
profile sources research
Profile: Sources/Research
  • MIT (2), Harvard, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins, Kentucky, Oklahoma, SUNY-Stony Brook, Vanderbilt.
  • Bone-Muscle (4), Exercise Physiology, Genetics, Instrumentation in Flight (2), Radiation, Vestibular Physiology
profile bioastronautics faculty
Profile: Bioastronautics Faculty
  • Professors Laurence R. Young, Charles M. Oman, Jeffrey Hoffman, Dava Newman, Mary Cummings, and David Mindell (MIT), and John Tylko (MIT)
  • Professors Daniel Merfeld and Conrad Wall III (Harvard, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary)
bioastronautics community
Bioastronautics Community
  • Take courses together, attend conferences, collaborate on papers, share expertise, acquire the NASA culture at first-hand.
  • Tatsuya Arai [Japan](CV modeling); Justin Kaderka, Torin Clark, Alexander Stimpson (lunar landing); Roedolph Opperman [South Africa] and Allison Anderson (astronaut glove/suit); Jaime Mateus [Spain] (Artificial Gravity); Aaron Johnson (planetary EVA mission planning),