Shawna Pandya


Dr. Shawna Pandya is a physician, scientist-astronaut candidate with Project PoSSUM, researcher, aquanaut, speaker, martial artist, diver, skydiver, pilot-in-training, VP Immersive Medicine with Luxsonic Technologies and Fellow of the Explorers’ Club. She is Director of the International Institute of Astronautical Sciences (IIAS)/PoSSUM Space Medicine Group, Chief Instructor of the IIAS Operational Space Medicine course, clinical lecturer at the University of Alberta, Primary Investigator for the Shad-Blue Origin student payload competition, Director of Medical Research at Orbital Assembly Construction,  a newly appointed podcast host with the World Extreme Medicine’s WEMCast series, session organizer for ASCEND 2020, Life Sciences Team Lead for the Association of Spaceflight Professionals, and medical advisor to several space companies, including Mission: Space Food.

Shawna’s publications include book chapters on space spin-offs for medical benefit, psychological resilience in long-duration spaceflight, and reproduction and sexuality in long-duration spaceflight. She previously interned at ESA’s European Astronaut Center and NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Dr. Pandya earned her aquanaut designation during the 2019 NEPTUNE (Nautical Experiments in Physiology, Technology and Underwater Exploration) mission. She previously served as Commander during a 2020 tour at the Mars Desert Research Station. She was named one of the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in 2020.