Dr. Alan Hargens is Professor and Director of the Orthopaedic Clinical Physiology Lab at the University of California, San Diego.
He previously served as Chief of the Space Physiology Branch at NASA Ames Research Center and as Consulting Professor of Human Biology at Stanford University. His recent research concerns gravity effects on the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems of humans and animals and is translated to help post-surgical treatment and rehabilitation of orthopaedic patients.
He has edited nine books, published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and 57 chapters, and holds eight patents. Two of his students were astronauts. Dr Hargens also investigates exercise devices to maintain astronaut health and performance in space. His recent awards include a Citation from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Distinguished Public Service Metal, NASA’s highest award.