MIT-Harvard Student to Present on Artificial Gravity & Space Exploration at Mars Society Convention

Anna Wadhwa, a MD student at Harvard Medical School and a Ph.D. candidate at MIT’s Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, will give a presentation at the 27th Annual International Mars Society Convention at the University of Washington (Seattle) this August, with the title of her address being “You Spin Me ‘Right Round’: The Latest Research on Artificial Gravity by Centrifugation and Its Implications for Human Space Exploration.” 

Interested in enabling human space exploration to the Moon, Mars and beyond, Ms. Wadhwa’s current research focuses on aerospace medicine and developing countermeasures for the physiological deficits that result from space travel. She was involved in the international NASA-JAXA MHU-8 mission to the ISS in 2023 to explore the use of artificial gravity as a countermeasure for microgravity-associated bone loss and gene expression changes in bone marrow. Ms. Wadhwa is also exploring the use of lower-body negative pressure suits to mitigate the fluid shifts that occur in space travel.

Previously at NASA, she received the NASA Sally Ride Internship Award for her work on analytical algorithms used by the PACE satellite. Her academic background includes a B.S. in Biochemistry and minors in Math and Philosophy summa cum laude from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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