- Post-graduate research at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL USA. Structure, function and pharmacology of ligand-gated ion channels of the nervous system.
- Ph.D., Pharmacological and Physiological Science, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, USA. Antagonism in inhibitory members of the ligand gated ion channel superfamily. Advisor: Kong-Woo (Peter) Yoon, M.D.
- BS in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee FL USA
- 2020- present Professor, International Space University, Strasbourg France
- 2019-2020 Associate Professor, International Space University, Strasbourg France
- 2019-present Adjunct Associate Professor, Center for Space Medicine and Department of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX USA
- 2016 – 2018 Deputy Director and Chief Scientist, Translational Research Institute for Space Health Houston, TX USA
- 2015 – 2018 Associate Professor, Center for Space Medicine and Department of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX USA
- 2015- 2017 Science and Technology Integration Manager, National Space Biomedical Research Institute, Houston, TX USA
- 2009 – 2015 Discipline Lead, Pharmacology, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston TX USA
- 2021-2022, member, European Space Agency SciSpacE Roadmap Pharmacology Subgroup
- 2021-2022, member, European Space Agency SciSpacE Roadmap Countermeasure Subgroup
- 2019 – present, Faculty Lead, Women in Aerospace – Europe, Strasbourg group
- 2015 – 2018, member, Organizing Committee, NASA Johnson Space Center Human Research Program Investigators’ Workshop
- 2015 – present, Space Medicine Association
- 2015 – present, American Society of Gravitational & Space Research
- 2013 – present, Aerospace Medicine Association
Research Expertise and Teaching Interests
Physiology and pharmacology in the unusual environment of spaceflight missions.
- Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in the space environment
- Omics and metabolism during space missions
- Pharmaceutical stability in the space environment
- Women’s health for astronauts
- Personalized medicine for spaceflight
Selected peer-reviewed publications
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- Dello Russo C, Bandiera T, Monici M, Surdo L, Yip VLM, Wotring V, Morbidelli L. Physiological adaptations affecting drug pharmacokinetics in space: what do we really know? A critical review of the literature. Br J Pharmacol. 2022 Feb 15. doi: 10.1111/bph.15822.
- Sawyers L, Anderson C, Boyd MJ, Hessel V, Wotring V, Williams PM, Toh LS. Astropharmacy: Pushing the boundaries of the pharmacists’ role for sustainable space exploration. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2022 Feb 12:S1551-7411(22)00034-1. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2022.02.002.
- Pavez Loriè E, Baatout S, Choukér A, Buchheim J-I, Baselet B, Dello Russo C, Wotring V, Monici M, Morbidelli L, Gagliardi D, Stingl JC, Surdo L and Yip VLM (2021) The Future of Personalized Medicine in Space: From Observations to Countermeasures. Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. 9:739747.
- Developing, Implementing, and Applying Novel Techniques During Systematic Reviews of Primary Space Medicine Data. Winnard A, Caplan N, Bruce-Martin C, Swain P, Velho R, Meroni R, Wotring V, Damann V, Weber T, Evetts S, Laws J. Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2021 Aug 1;92(8):681-688. doi: 10.3357/AMHP.5803.2021.PMID: 34503621
- Swain P, Laws JM, De Martino E, Wotring V, Caplan N, Winnard A. Effectiveness of exercise countermeasures for the prevention of musculoskeletal deconditioning in simulated hypogravity: A systematic review, Acta Astronautica, Volume 185, 2021, Pages 236-243. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2021.05.005.
- Jain V, Ploutz-Snyder R, Young M, Wotring V. Potential Venous Thromboembolism Risk in Female Astronauts. Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance. 2020 May; 91(5). doi: https://doi.org/10.3357/AMHP.5458.2020.
- Laws JM, Caplan N, Bruce C, McGrogan C, Lindsay K, Wild B, Debuse B, Wotring V, Winnard A. Systematic review of the technical and physiological constraints of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle that affect the capability of astronauts to exercise effectively during spaceflight. Acta Astronautica. 2020 March; 170:665.
- Wotring VE, Smith LK. Dose Tracker Application for Collecting Medication Use Data from International Space Station Crew. Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2020 Jan 1;91(1):41-45. doi: 10.3357/AMHP.5392.2020. PMID: 31852573.
- Blue RS, Bayuse T, Daniels V, Wotring VE, Suresh R, Mulcahy R and Antonsen E. Supplying a Pharmacy for NASA Exploration Spaceflight: Challenges and Current Understanding”, npj Microgravity 2019;5:14.
- Blue RS, Chancellor JC, Antonsen EL, Bayuse T, Daniels V, and Wotring VE. Limitations in Predicting Radiation-Induced Pharmaceutical Instability during Long-Duration Spaceflight, npj Microgravity 2019;5:15.
- Carpentier WE, Charles JB, Shelhamer M, Hackler AS, Johnson TL, Domingo CMM, Scott, GBI and Wotring, VE (2018) Biomedical findings from NASA’s Project Mercury: a case series. npj Microgravity. March 13; 4(6). Altmetric: 117.
- Kast J, Yu Y, Seubert CN, Wotring VE, Derendorf H. (2017) Drugs in space: Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in astronauts. Eur J Pharm Sci. May 19 Pubmed PMID: 28533143
- Jain V and Wotring VE. (2016) Medically induced amenorrhea in female astronauts, npj Microgravity. April 21; 2. Altmetric: 452.
- Wotring VE. (2016) Chemical Potency and Degradation Products of Medications Stored Over 550 Earth Days at the International Space Station, AAPS J. Jan;18(1):210-6. doi: 10.1208/s12248-015-9834-5. Altmetric: 193.
- Wotring VE. (2015) Medication Use by U.S. Crewmembers on the International Space Station, FASEB J. vol. 29 no. 11 4417-4423. PMID: 26187345. Altmetric: 91;
Books & Chapters
- Wotring V. (2020) Spaceflight Pharmacology. In: Barratt M., Baker E., Pool S. (eds) Principles of Clinical Medicine for Space Flight. Springer, New York, NY https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-9889-0_27
- Wotring V. (2018) Space Pharmacology: How Space Affects Pharmacology. In: Hock F., Gralinski M. (eds) Drug Discovery and Evaluation: Methods in Clinical Pharmacology. Springer, Cham.
- Keyser KT, Wotring VE, Strang CE. The Role of Acetylcholine and Its Receptors in Retinal Processing. In Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology, Elsevier, 2017. ISBN 9780128093245
- Wotring VE. Monitoring Physiology During Spaceflight in Sensing Technologies for Global Health, Military Medicine, and Environmental Monitoring IV (Proceedings of SPIE) Eds Sarka O. Southern, Mark A. Mentzer, Isaac Rodriguez-Chavez, 2014.
- Wotring VE., Space Pharmacology in SpringerBriefs in Space Development Series, 2012.
Honors & Awards
- 2022 Associate Fellowship, Aerospace Medicine Association
- 2017 Abstract winner, Reproductive Health Research Day, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX
- 2014 Select for Flight to the International Space Station by NASA Johnson Space Center’s Science Management Panel: Inflight Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Responses to Medications Commonly Used in Spaceflight
- 2014 Select for Flight to the International Space Station by NASA Johnson Space Center’s Science Management Panel: Dose Tracker Application for Monitoring Crew Medication Usage, Symptoms, and Adverse Effects During Missions
- 2013 Mentor of the Year, NASA Career Exploration Program