Dr. Sharmi Watkins is the Assistant Director for Exploration in NASA’s Human Health and Performance Directorate. She has served as a NASA Flight surgeon providing medical care to astronauts aboard the International Space Station, as the lead scientist for the NASA Human Research Program’s Exploration Medical Capability element, and as a medical subject matter expert for NASA’s Commercial Crew and exploration Programs.
Sharmi holds a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). Her residency training in internal medicine and aerospace medicine was completed at UTMB, where she also served as the Chief Resident of the Preventive Medicine Residency programs. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine and a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association.