Dr. Martina Heer is adjunct Professor in Nutrition Physiology at the University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany and freelancer as a Consult in Nutritional sciences. She is an expert in Nutrition in Space carrying out research in that area since 1989. In addition, she acts as a Consultant for KBR that provides astronaut medical support services for the European Space Agency.
Her main interest is in understanding the interaction of nutrient supply and immobility on fluid and electrolyte metabolism, the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems. She has been involved in human space experiments since 1992 (Fluid and electrolyte metabolism experiments: MIR 92, D-2, Euromir 94, Euromir 95 and MIR 97; Bone turnover experiments: Euromir 95 and MIR 97, International Space Station). She is and was Principal- and Co-Investigator of several space flight experiments on the space station MIR, as well as on the International Space Station. Since 1999, she has been the ESA representative in the Multilateral Medical Operation Panel-Nutrition Working Group (MMOP-NWG) where the recommended dietary allowances for space missions are defined.
Dr. Heer is chair of the International Society of Gravitational Physiology. She is Co-Editor of several journals such as npj Microgravity, Acta Astronautica and Extreme Physiology and Medicine. She has published more than 110 papers in peer-reviewed journals.