Dr. Serena M. Aunon was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2009. Board-certified in internal and aerospace medicine; she served as flight engineer on the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory for Expeditions 56 and 57. During her time in orbit, the crews contributed to hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science, and Earth science aboard the ISS. Investigations were led into new cancer treatment methods and algae growth in space. The crew also installed a new Life Sciences Glovebox, a sealed work area for life science and technology investigations to accommodate two astronauts. During Dr. Aunon’s first flight, she logged 197 days in space.
Dr. Aunon received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in 1997 and a doctoral degree in medicine from The University of Texas – Health Science Center at Houston in 2001. She completed a three-year residency in internal medicine at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas, in 2004, and then completed an additional year as chief resident in the internal medicine department in 2005. She also completed an aerospace medicine residency at UTMB as well as a master’s degree in public health in 2007.
Currently, Dr. Aunon serves in the International Space Station operations branch to handle medical issues and the Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) branch as a certified space station CAPCOM.