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LSBEB President is Schmidt

June 25, 2020

LSBEB President is Schmidt

Michael Schmidt, Ph.D., is the latest president of the Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Branch (LSBEB).

   Dr. Schmidt is currently CEO and Chief Science Officer of Sovaris Aerospace, LLC, in Boulder, CO. He is also a consultant for the NASA Twins Study of One Year in Space, a Project Director and Principal Investigator for the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation at the University of Colorado, and a consultant in human performance and advanced molecular profiling for a number of organizations. He is an innovator in the advancement of multiscale “omics” applied to long-duration spaceflight, the translation of data into clinical methods, and the advancement of pharmacogenomics for safer use of drugs in space. He has also promoted a systems engineering approach to the application of personalized medicine in human spaceflight for two decades. His clinical and research work is focused on multiscale analytics, including involvement in the NASA Twins Study and its post-mission analytics. He has been developing methods to reduce complexity from high dimensional molecular data for the purpose of translating these findings into personalized countermeasures. He has also taught and tested these methods in real-world environments. He and his team have advanced a model of personalized medicine rooted in artificial neural networks to reduce complexity and provide precision spaceflight countermeasures.
   Dr. Schmidt directs the U.S. Military Special Forces Track of the Nutritional Genomics Certification Program developed by the American College of Nutrition. As a leader in the Precision Medicine and Pharmacometabolomics Task Group of the Metabolomics Society, he has been developing experimental design methods for high dimensional molecular data in small cohorts operating in extreme environments. 
   Dr. Schmidt earned a B.Sc. in 1987 from the University of the State of New York. He served two Fellowships at NASA Ames Research Center between 2001 and 2003, and then earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine and Biochemistry in 2003 from the Union Institute, NASA Ames Research Center. In 2007, he received an M.Phil. from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. He earned his second Ph.D., in Neuroscience, in 2016 at Lancaster University with collaborations at the University of Cambridge. He is certified as a Wilderness First Responder through the Wilderness Medical Association, International.
   Dr. Schmidt's awards include Most Influential Papers of 2013/2014 from Springer Science Media, Best Review Paper in Metabolomics Award, the PROSE Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine, the Research and Development Innovation Award from LSBEB, and the 2020 Marie Marvingt Award from AsMA.