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Sheyna E. Gifford, MD, MA, MS
Chief Medical Officer of HI-SEAS IV, Earth's longest NASA-funded simulated Mars mission. Physician, science writer, public educator.

Dr. Sheyna Gifford has been involved in space research since 1997. Her first project was the HESSI satellite at Space Science Laboratories, which still flies. She helped develop a Mars suit design with the HEADS-UP Project at NASA Johnson Space Center and was part of the DEEP2 sky survey at UC Berkeley. She has worked on research projects in astrophysics, neuroscience and psychology at institutions including Berkeley, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Brown University, the University of Missouri, and the University of Southern California. She holds a Bachelors in Neuroscience and English, a Masters of Clinical Laboratory Science and Biotechnology, a Masters of Science Journalism, a Doctor of Medicine, and is currently earning an MBA. She is a contributor to NASA educational websites, a medical writer and an advocate of STEM education. Her goals are to get humankind to Mars and to unleash the scientist that lives inside us all.

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