Center for Space Medicine

TRISH Diversity Advisory Board


TRISH is committed to increasing the presence of diverse investigators driving the science it funds, as well as increasing the applicability of this research to diverse groups of people. In April of 2021, TRISH established its Diversity Advisory Board (DAB), consisting of outstanding thought leaders, that  provides strategic guidance to the NASA-funded research institute. The Institute pledges to invest a significant portion of its annual research funding to the TRISH Diversity Program, under counsel of the Diversity Advisory Board.

“It's been a pleasure already to work with this amazing group of diversity leaders. The insights they have based on their experiences in STEM research, education, and DEI have been invaluable to us in understanding how TRISH can create opportunities for different types of investigators, and to increase diversity in all that we do at the institute," said Jordan Lewis, TRISH diversity co-lead. "Our DAB is absolutely key to the success of our diversity program in making a difference in the space health community.”

The DAB will advise on the strategic direction and tactical implementation of the Institute’s diversity program; participate in the prospecting and execution of new initiatives targeted toward underrepresented populations of researchers and entrepreneurs; make recommendations for partnerships for TRISH, and disseminate information about the Institute’s Diversity Program to communities unfamiliar with space health.

The newly appointed members are:

  • Asha Collins, Ph.D., (DAB Chair) is the general manager of biobanks with DNAnexus, Inc.
  • Cynthia Chapple is a founding and managing partner of Black Girls Do STEM.
  • Belen Hurle, Ph.D., is an educational outreach specialist and training program coordinator with the National Human Genome Research Institute with the National Institutes of Health.
  • Ann-Gel Palermo is the diversity, equity and inclusion officer in education and research with Mount Sinai Hospital at Icahn School of Medicine.
  • Joseph T. Bonivel Jr., Ph.D. is a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Geotech Center.

Diversity Advisory Board Membership


Asha S. Collins, Ph.D.
DNAnexus, Inc.

Cynthia Chapple
Black Girls Do STEM

Belen Hurle, Ph.D.
National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Ann-Gel Palermo
Mount Sinai Hospital, Icahn School of Medicine

Joseph T. Bonivel Jr., Ph.D.
Atlantic Council