Systems Medicine for Spaceflight

Please join us on Nov. 15, 2021, at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, for the next in our series of human-spaceflight events from bioastronautics@hopkins.

This will be the first of an occasional series of mini-symposia, each approximately two hours long, with a keynote speaker, panel discussion, and audience interaction. We hope you will join us for this event, as well as similar events in the future, involving various topics related to human spaceflight. These events are hosted by the Commercial and Government Program Office of the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering.

The topic of the first mini-symposium will be Systems Medicine for Spaceflight.

A panel will include:

Dr. Jennifer Fogarty

Jennifer Fogarty is Director of Applied Health and Performance at Sophic Synergistics. She previously held several positions with the NASA Human Health and Performance Directorate, including serving as Chief Scientist of the Human Research Program. She has a PhD in Physiology from Texas A&M University, a BS in Biology from Stockton University, and is co-editor of Fundamentals of Aerospace Medicine.

Dr. Erik Antonsen

Erik Antonsen is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Center for Space Medicine. He was formerly Assistant Director for Human Systems Risk Management, and before that Element Scientist for Exploration Medical Capabilities, both at NASA. He has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and provided medical support for the Red Bull Stratos and StratEx high altitude skydive missions.

Dr. Kris Lehnhardt

Kris Lehnhardt is Element Scientist for Exploration Medical Capabilities in the NASA Human Research Program, and Associate Professor and Attending Physician at Baylor College of Medicine. He has an MD from Western University, a BSc in Bio-Medical Sciences from the University of Guelph, and serves as a Medical Specialist reservist in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

If you would like to register, please fill out this short form.

For more information, please contact Mark Shelhamer at

Virtual Symposium on Human Spaceflight


NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor

Bioastronautics@hopkins held a Virtual Symposium on Human Spaceflight, on Feb. 24, 2021.This was the first event for the special interest group led by Mark Shelhamer, JHU Professor of Otolaryngology and former Chief Scientist of the NASA Human Research Program.Keynote speakers included physician and NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, and N. Wayne Hale, Director of Human Spaceflight at Special Aerospace Services and the former Space Shuttle Program Manager at NASA. The symposium included researchers in the field from universities and institutions across the country. Below are some of the recorded presentations from the symposium.

Host: Mark Shelhamer, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Moderators: Mallika Sarma and Serena Tang, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Assistance was provided by JHU WSE’s Commercial and Government Program Office (Larry Nagahara, Peter Zeender, Linda McLean, Bruce Dennett, William Bagley)

 Bioastronautics Kickoff Event Schedule 

Video Presentations

Jason Kalirai, Space Exploration at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory – (No video)

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Opening Keynote – Wayne Hale, Special Aerospace Services; former Director of Space Shuttle Program at NASA
Erik Antonsen, Ending Siloes: The Need to Paint the Big Picture of Human System Risks in Human Spaceflight
Aenor Sawyer, The Health Sense Matrix for Space – (No video)

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Michael Schubert, Autonomous Rehab to Reduce Motion Sickness and Improve Balance – (No video)

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Mike Rosen, Team Physiological Dynamics and Communication Measurement Strategies for LDSE Competencies
Sharon Gerecht, 3D Human Vascular Models to Study Responses to Radiation and Hypoxia – (No video)

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Deok-Ho Kim – (No video)

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Serena Auñón-Chancellor – (No video)

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Human Spaceflight Special Interest Group


Photo courtesy of NASA

Johns Hopkins University is a major force in the area of spaceflight, with an emphasis on human health and performance, but connecting to all associated disciplines. The Human Spaceflight Special Interest Group will provide a unifying structure for activities in this field across the university by identifying and distributing funding and research opportunities, assisting with proposals, promoting cross disciplinary and integrated research, and assisting in student recruiting.


For information about the Human Spaceflight Special Interest Group, please contact:

Mark Shelhamer
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
(410) 614-5898


Funding Opportunities

  1. NASA is recruiting undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members from universities across the nation to participate in the Artemis Student Challenges and NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS) challenge. SUITS provides a hands-on opportunity for students to engage in NASA’s Artemis mission and design information displays within augmented reality (AR) environments to assist astronauts in lunar surface exploration. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design spacesuit user interfaces that can be used when NASA sends astronauts to the Moon! Create a team and participate in this authentic, unparalleled learning experience. The letter of intent is due September 30, 2021, and the deadline to apply for SUITS is October 28, 2021. For more information, contact Mark Shelhamer at or Greg Falco at

JHU Professor to Create Center for Space Life Sciences

Photo courtesy of Mark Shelhamer

Johns Hopkins Associate Professor Mark Shelhamer, left, is working to create a Center for Space Life Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. Shelhamer has spent much of his career studying the human body’s adaptations to space. Now he is trying to help NASA (and commercial entities) safely send humans into space and to Mars while mitigating some of the major risks to human health and performance.

To read the full article in the Johns Hopkins Magazine, click here.

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