Center for Space Medicine

TRISH Scientific Advisory Board


Scientific Advisory Board Membership


Lisa Suennen, M.A.
Venture Valkyrie

Imran Alibhai, Ph.D.
Tvardi Therapeutics, Inc.

Susan Alpert, M.D., Ph.D.
SFA Consulting, LLC

Cady Coleman, Ph.D.
NASA astronaut (retired), Global Explorer in Residence at Arizona State University and Research Affiliate at the MIT Media Lab

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

Catherine M. Davis-Takacs, Ph.D. 
Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Therapeutics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Walter Greenleaf, Ph.D. 
Stanford University

Armen Kherlopian, Ph.D.
BAJ Accelerator

Manish Kothari, Ph.D.
First Spark Ventures

Daniel Lowenstein, M.D.
University of California San Francisco

Ted Smith, Ph.D.
University of Louisville School of Medicine

Annette L. Sobel, M.D., M.S.
Texas Tech University

Nicole Stott, M.S.
NASA astronaut (retired), Founding Director, Space for Art Foundation

Matthew Wagoner, Ph.D.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Brian Zambrowicz, Ph.D.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals


TRISH adds astronauts, scientists to Scientific Advisory Board


In March of 2021, TRISH added seven outstanding thought leaders, including two female astronauts, to its Scientific Advisory Board that provides strategic guidance to the Institute.  

TRISH leads a national effort in translating terrestrial research that can help guard human health in space exploration. As NASA prepares to go back to the Moon via Artemis missions and SpaceX prepares to launch the first all-civilian crew to space in late 2021, our mission to keep all space travelers healthy is more vital than ever.

"We are at the cusp of space becoming more accessible to regular people. We are working toward safeguarding the health of all humans - - astronauts exploring deep space and people with pre-existing conditions that want to experience space for short periods. TRISH's diverse advisory board members will help us focus our resources on the most impactful health technology and science innovations," said Institute Director Dorit Donoviel, Ph.D.

"From pharma and industry leaders to retired astronauts, this board benefits from an incredible wealth of technical and practical experience and leadership," said Scientific Advisory Board Chair Lisa Suennen. "This is the right group to expand TRISH's reach and help us push on the boundaries of what we think we know about protecting the body and mind in space."


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