Scott M. Smith
Dr. Scott M. Smith leads the Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory at the NASA Johnson Space Center. This group is charged with keeping crews healthy with respect to nutrition, including using nutrition as a means to optimize astronaut health and safety. He has conducted research on the Space Shuttle and the Russian space station Mir, and is the principal investigator for ongoing research on the International Space Station. He has led several ground-based research projects, including studies of vitamin D in Antarctica. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, chapters and reviews. He has coauthored four books: three textbooks, and another, titled Space Nutrition, designed for upper elementary and middle school students. Smith is a member of the American Society for Nutrition, the American Physiological Society, and the International Academy of Astronautics. He received a B.S. in Biology, and a Ph.D. in Nutrition, both from the Pennsylvania State University.