Dr. Karen Ocorr earned her BA at Lehigh University and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Wesleyan University. She was awarded an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical School – Houston, as well as Stanford University. In 2004 she accepted a position at Sanford Burnham Prebys. She has published 68 peer-reviewed studies on heart disease using both the fruit fly and zebrafish cardiac models. She continues to collaborate with NASA scientists and is currently serving on the board of the American Society for Space and Gravitational Research, supporting mankind’s exploration of low earth orbit, the moon and beyond.