Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor M.D.

Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor M.D.

Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor M.D.

Astronaut
NASA

Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor began working with NASA as a flight surgeon in 2006 and became an astronaut. She spent more than nine months in Russia supporting medical operations for International Space Station crewmembers and served as deputy crew surgeon. Board certified in both internal and aerospace medicine, Auñón-Chancellor currently handles medical issues for both the Commercial Crew and International Space Station Operations branches. She holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University and a master’s degree from the University of Texas  Health Science Center at Houston. She spent two months in Antarctica searching for meteorites as part of the ANSMET expedition, living on the ice 200 nautical miles from the South Pole. Auñón-Chancellor operated the Deep Worker submersible as part of the NEEMO 16 mission. She subsequently served as an aquanaut aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory during the NEEMO 20 undersea exploration mission. She is certified as an International Space Station CAPCOM and served as the lead CAPCOM for the SpaceX-4 and SpaceX-8 cargo resupply missions. She is a member of American College of Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine.