Petersen Lab

Petersen Lab is a NASA funded clinical lab in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California San Diego and the Department of Radiology at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine.

Open positions:

We are looking for a Masters Student with experience in mechanical engineering and machining to design and build a RPM (Random Positioning Machine) to simulate a micro-gravity environment.

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What we do

Welcome to the Petersen research lab, a clinical physiology research lab at the University of California San Diego. We are a team of physicians, scientists, and engineers interested in how stressful physical conditions such as those in microgravity environments or during exercise affect the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems of human beings. We also develop new and novel devices and therapies to combat the physical effects of these real-world problems.

Dr. Lonnie Petersen

Dr. Lonnie Petersen, a leader in space physiology research, serves as assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC San Diego and as adjunct with UC San Diego Health Department of Radiology.

About the Lab

Petersen lab is located in the Structural and Material Engineering building at the University of California San Diego. Petersen lab develops and employs the newest technologies and techniques while seeking to train the next generation of scientific leaders in aerospace medicine.


Petersen Lab is involved in a multitude of research fields such as NASA funded gravitational physiology projects, Department of Defense funded emergency medicine research, and COVID-19 related ventilator research as a member of Acute Ventilation Rapid Response Taskforce (AVERT) at UCSD.


Arnold D. Tuttle Award

by Aerospace Medical Association

Established in memory of Col. Arnold D. Tuttle, USAF, MC. Awarded annually for original research that has made the most significant contribution toward the solution of a challenging problem in aerospace medicine and was published in Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance.

Presented to Dr. Petersen in 2020 for her paper "Mobile Lower Body Negative Pressure Suit as an Integrative Countermeasure for Spaceflight".