Dr. Moriah Thompson started her career in the field of engineering, graduating from Texas A&M University in 2009 with a degree in biomedical engineering. Her involvement with NASA began while working as a researcher at the Space Engineering Institute during her undergraduate studies. Dr. Thompson earned her medical degree from UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas in 2014. During medical school she joined the NASA Pathways Internship program, becoming the first medical student participant in this program. As a Pathways Intern, she would alternate semesters of medical school with full time employment at the NASA Johnson Space Center. Dr. Thompson completed her emergency medicine residency training at the Mayo Clinic in 2017, where she served as Chief Resident. Following this, she completed an additional residency program in aerospace medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, where she also served as Chief Resident. She has had the opportunity to participate in several unique opportunities including flight surgeon training with the U.S. Air Force and providing medical care in McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Dr. Thompson earned a Master of Public Health degree from UTMB Galveston in 2018. Currently, Dr. Thompson serves as a Flight Surgeon at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. She supports mission operations and provides direct clinical care in the Flight Medicine Clinic at NASA JSC. Dr. Thompson also serves as the lead of the Exploration Medical Integrated Product Team (XMIPT), a multi-disciplinary group focused on improving medical capabilities to support exploration-class human spaceflight missions.
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