Co-Leads

Rochelle Velho (United Kingdom)

Rochelle Velho is the Medical Officer for the Mars AMADEE18 mission. She is an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine affiliated to the University of Warwick. While she was at Birmingham medical school, her research into optimisation of emergency medical countermeasures on Earth and space led to a presentation at the 2011 European Space Agency space medical workshop and a space medical elective that resulted in the AsMA Stanley Mohler scholarship. Rochelle used this initial research experience as a springboard to obtain her Masters in Public Health (MPH) by investigating optimum methods of major incident plan training in NHS hospitals.

Her current research focuses on Mars analog astronaut health as a Crew Medical Officer for the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF). In addition, she loves teaching and has established a Human, Space and Extreme Physiology special study module for medical students at the University of Birmingham.

In addition to her research, her roles on numerous space life science committees reflect an insatiable passion for furthering aerospace medical research and development. In particular, her executive roles with the UK Space Environments Association (UKSEA), and UK Space Life and Biomedical Sciences association (UK LABS) have involved co-chairing numerous conferences for the international; Space Medicine community. At present, as part of UKSEA and LABS, Rochelle is helping to establish a Cochrane systematic review group to develop evidence based guidelines for aerospace medicine.

Overall, her clinical and academic pursuits reflect her aspiration to establish herself as an Aviation and Aerospace Medical expert in the UK.

Anthony Yuen (Australia)

Anthony Yuen is currently an emergency physician in pediarics and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at NewYork Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. He received his medical degree as well as a bachelor degree in mechanical and space engineering from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Prior to medical school, he was the Chair of the 2006 Queensland Youth Aerospace Forum and attended the 2007 Space Station Design Workshop in Sydney.  His experiences span areas as diverse as ramjets, global health, artificial hearts and medical simulations. His eventual goal is to develop innovative approaches that encompass medicine, engineering and technology to overcome the challenges of long duration space flight on the human body.  

Vice-Leads

Eleonor Frost (United Kingdom)

Eleonor Frost is a recent graduate of UCL with a BSc Hons degree in Physics and Medical Physics. A background in physics and engineering has led to a keen interest in Aviation and Aerospace medicine. This was nurtured during a visit to the RAF Centre for Aviation Medicine and further by the teaching and mentoring of Dr Kevin Fong on UCL’s Space Medicine and Extreme Environment Physiology course. Alongside this, her thesis researching the “Feasibility and Design of a Microgravity Surgical Workstation” has won a UK wide competition and is an individual finalist at the IAC 2019. She has also presented this research in Alexandria, Egypt and London.

As UCL Space Society’s first Space Medicine officer, she has helped organise events and publish articles for UCL promoting space medicine. This year she is working as a researcher at King’s College London with ISSET developing microbiology experiments set to launch to the ISS in spring 2020.

Eleonor is currently the appointed Vice-Lead for the SGAC Space Medicine and Life Sciences Group and is aiming to begin graduate entry medicine in 2020. She is also the lead for two research groups: the SGAC SMLS working group researching how to study ICP changes in microgravity, and the all-female ‘Paraboladies’ team defining the pre-flight medical checks that will be required for tourists undertaking suborbital spaceflight. Alongside the team in the latter she has presented in Paris, Washington, London and is invited to 4 further presentations in 2019.

Eleonor is a keen STEM Ambassador, having completed UKSEDS Space Ambassador training, and is fortunate enough to have spoken in many schools to over 200 students and most recently led activities at the Science Museum using the ESA Space materials case. She is also an active member of WIA as a keen glider and RAeS, AMSRO and ASMA.

Devjoy Dev (United Kingdom)

Devjoy is a Biomedical Engineer by profession. He is currently working as an Associate Researcher at Mount Sinai Hospital (New York), after moving from England where he was the Senior Innovation Engineer at The CVD Hub in London.

After meeting with four astronauts in the very same room in MIT a few years ago, he was inspired to commit towards the field of Space Medicine. Since then he has helped develop an electronic stimulator device for astronauts with cardiac arrhythmias, presented at ESA, and in April 2020 will be an analog astronaut at Mars Academy USA-MDRS.

Research Coordinators

Zhen Cahilog (United Kingdom)

Zhen Cahilog is a Final Year Medical Student at Imperial College London, where she also graduated with First Class Honours in a BSc in Pharmacology, during which she completed a project investigating novel treatments for Traumatic Brain Injury. Having self-organised several research projects that yielded in multiple presentations and publications, she continues to have a keen interest in pursuing career as an academic doctor, to combine her love for translational research, medical education, and clinical medicine.

Zhen is one of the first students in the UK to gain a General Certificate of Secondary Education in Astronomy, as it is not part of the conventional curriculum. It was during this time that she developed a fascination for human physiology adaptation in extreme environments, and the need to optimise physical and mental well-being before embarking on space flight, where technologies and ideas involved could also alleviate current terrestrial challenges.

In her spare time she enjoys playing basketball at the competitive level with the Imperial College Women's Basketball Team, and stargazing/astrophotography whenever the London night sky allows! She also volunteers as an UK STEM Ambassador to encourage more young people to engage with STEM subjects and scientific research.

Karoly Schlosser (Hungary)

Ph.D. Candidate in Psychology in Goldsmiths, University of London, and a teaching fellow in Mindfulness: Neuroscience and Applications in King's College London. His research focuses on developing theory and applications based on contextual behavioural science in performance contexts, he consults organisations in education, premiere sport, astronautics, military, and business. The interventions delivered have benefits observed in areas of mental health, productivity, leadership skills, team cohesion, and innovation.

Karoly consulted the European Astronaut Center and he has a keen interest in space psychology and more broadly in human factors in space exploration too.

Membership Coordinators

Yen-Kai Chen (New Zealand)

Yen-Kai is an aspiring space biologist/ecologist and a graduate student at the University of Auckland, where he was successfully able to pioneer the University's first biological research in microgravity. Yen-Kai's research is on biofilms and has a keen interest in ecological communities. His goal is to make biology more relevant in space exploration.

Mariam Naseem (Pakistan)

Mariam has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto. She is a space exploration enthusiast with a global and multi-disciplinary background including a stint as a field engineer on an oil rig in Russia and as a business development manager for a Quantum Computing startup. Mariam enjoys utilizing her skills to bridge the gap between emerging technologies and business needs, creating value through project management, market analysis and business development activities.

 

Event Coordinators

Alfred Hill (United Kingdom)

Alfred is a Junior Doctor currently working in the North-West Thames Deanery in London.

He is currently involved with the Centre for Altitude, Space and Extreme Environment Medicine as the Director of Aerospace Development, and has recently established the UK Space Primer as a short training course for those interested in Space Medicine.

His areas of interest include medical planning/modelling for long duration missions and establishing learning environments for optimal crew training retention.

Outside of Aerospace Medicine, Fred is a keen SCUBA diver, sailor and Sci-Fi enthusiast.

José Gonçalo Teixeira Alves (Portugal)

Gonçalo Teixeira Alves is currently a Medical Student at the School of Medicine of the University of Minho, Portugal. Throughout his studies, he has worked in two research projects at the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS) as a research volunteer and two others in clinical research. He has also participated in activities with social impact such as “Aldeia Feliz” and a workshop on Sports Traumatology organized by the University of Minho's Medical Student Nucleus (NEMUM).

Between 2018 and 2019 he performed the duties of regional representative for a political organisation, which is currently becoming a political party in Portugal.

In 2019 he attended the ESA Academy's Human Space Physiology Training Course, learning about life in space and the physiological adaptations associated with it, Earth-based analogues for space medicine research, as well as current and potential future approaches to mitigate the effects of weightlessness on the human body.

He is currently working in a research project as volunteer, assessing the use of Neurofeedback in the treatment of patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Web & Newsletter Coordinators

Bal Dhital (Australia)

Bal is a final year medical student at the University of Newcastle. He is pursuing a career in space medicine, and is particularly interested in how the human brain is affected by the microgravity environment. This year, he attended the International Astronautical Congress, presenting on the conceptual interaction between the glymphatic system and sleep in spaceflight.

Outside of the hospital wards, Bal enjoys dog walking, playing in an aggressively amateur indoor football league, and videography. He is excited about communicating space to the medical community and to the world outside of it. Above all else, he wants to be a part of humankind's next great adventure across the stars.

Md Nazmus Sadat (Bangladesh)

Nazmus Sadat is a life-long space passionate who wishes to be part of a space entity someday and also wishes to establish Space Agency in Bangladesh. He is an Urban Planner and in his undergraduate courses, he had found GIS and Remote Sensing tools and applications for analyzing and making decision  on Humanitarian issues, Environmental problems, Disaster related issues, Space Studies etc.

He has researched on Environment system within ISS for ISS R & D conference 2017 and he has also led the establishment of Planner’s Research Forum (PRF) in his university which is focused on RS for solving Spatial problems. He is also trying to coordinate between PRF and Sentinel Asia Satellite System of JAXA for Disaster Management in Bangladesh.

Nazmus is open to improving himself, learning new things and understand; and is sure that being part of SGAC's community will provide him with the sufficient knowledge, mindset and skill sets necessary for future paths in Space community.

Webinar Coordinator

Jules Lancee (Netherlands)

Jules is a Dutch biomedical engineer and private pilot, working at the innovation team of the Radboud university medical center in The Netherlands. In his work he is actively exploring emerging technologies, like Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, and 3D printing in the terrestrial healthcare setting. It’s his role to demystify these new technologies through innovation projects with patients and healthcare professionals, and describing what the future of health and care might bring.

He also shows how these new, often digital health tools, will benefit the health and medical needs of astronauts on future deep space missions. It’s his goal to bridge the worlds of space and healthcare (innovation) to eventually send humankind on a healthy journey to the Moon, Mars and beyond. He regularly gives presentations and workshops on these topics and from 2017 on he helped set up the Global Network of Healthcare Innovation Centers (twitter), in order for healthcare institutions to leverage the power of these new technologies. 

Past Founding Members

  • Oluwafemi Funmilola (Nigeria)
  • Juan Carlos Mariscal Gómez (Mexico)
  • Laszlo Bacsardi (Hungary)