Who we are
We are composed of physicians, engineers, PhD students, graduate students, and undergraduates all with a passion for exploring and understanding the world around us.
We are looking for motivated and passionate students. Those in both engineering and biology are welcome to apply. If you are interested in joining our lab, please feel free to contact Dr. Petersen.
Dr. Lonnie Petersen, MD, PhD
Lonnie (MD, PhD) completed her MD from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 2007 and has worked in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care. Dr. Petersen received her PhD in Gravitational Physiology and Space Medicine in 2016. Currently an assistant Professor the University of California, San Diego and supported by NASA, Department of Defense, and the Novo Nordic Foundation as well as being a Sapera Aude Fellow (National Research Council). Her research is rooted in cardiovascular, cerebral and exercise physiology always with an integrative physiology approach.
Dr. Casper Petersen, MD
Assistant Project Scientist
Casper (MD) graduated from University of Copenhagen in 2008 and has worked in Cardiology and Emergency Medicine. He has focused on research in renal physiology and sympathetic reflexes as well as physiological fluid shifts in regard to space and aviation medicine and countermeasure development for long term space travel. Dr. Petersen is supported by NASA , Kratos and ONR and currently holds a position as Assistant Project Scientist at University of California, San Diego.
Sylvie Pryor, BS
Jacobo Cervera Torralba, BS
Berat Gulecyuz, BS
Jeremy Sieker, MS
Joseph Siprut, BS
Contiguous BS/MS Student
Joseph has a bachelor's degree in physiology and neuroscience with a minor in dance, and is pursuing his master's degree in Dr. Petersen's lab where he is currently studying methods for in-flight observation of spinal muscles under microgravity conditions in space.
Evan Grace, MS
Elizabeth Heyde, BS
Elizabeth Heyde graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2019 and is currently pursuing a Master's of Science in Bioengineering from Dr. Petersen's lab at UCSD. Elizabeth's research is focused on the development of a mechanical ventilator in conjunction with the Medically Advanced Devices Lab.
Justin Lee, MS
Justin Lee (MS) graduated from the University of California San Diego with a Bachelor's degree in Biology in 2018 and also received his Master's of Science in Biology in 2020 from UCSD. His research focuses on the physiological effects of microgravity environments on the human eye and the effects of sports-related head injuries on the human brain. Justin currently holds the position of Lab Mangager in Petersen Lab and will be attending medical school in the fall.