an Explore Mars Event

September 13-15, 2021

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT Daily


Dr. Aaron Persad

MIT | Research Scientist, IIAS Director of Bioastronautics, Co-Founder, Astreas

Dr. Aaron Persad completed his B.A.Sc. in 2006 at the University of Toronto (UofT) in the biomedical stream of Engineering Science. His undergraduate thesis with the Bone Interface Group at the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering investigated the effects of Shuttle launch vibrations on the proliferation, viability and conformation of stem cells derived from human umbilical cords. He completed his Ph. D. in statistical thermodynamics and quantum mechanics in 2014 at UofT. There, he investigated heat transport mechanisms for both ground and space applications, culminating in two launches of his payloads to the International Space Station. Dr. Persad is currently a Research Scientist in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he is developing nanotechnologies for purification, dialysis treatment, and fusion reactors. He is also the Director of Bioastronautics for the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences, board member of the Association of Spaceflight Professionals, and is Co-founder of Astreas---a company innovating space food systems.