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Jonathan Michael Laws

PhD researcher, Space Medicine, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Jonathan is a multi-disciplinary, mixed-methods researcher with a background in Psychology (BSc [2017] and MRes [2018], Northumbria University) and Space Medicine (PhD [2018-2021], Northumbria University).

Jonathan’s current and primary area of research concerns musculoskeletal and cardiovascular deconditioning during microgravity exposure. His aim is to recommend and develop exercise countermeasures that can reduce or eliminate physiological deconditioning during spaceflight. As a part of Jonathan’s research, he collaborates with experts around the world, including NASA and the European Space Agency. This research has taken Jonathan around the globe, to be involved in inter-space agency bed-rest studies, consult on NASA projects, and be involved in the development of qualitative and integrative systematic review methods for the space medicine field. As a part of this research, Jonathan has received funding from the Aerospace Medical Association Foundation to identify and assess astronaut health outcomes during spaceflight.

Beyond Jonathan’s primary research area, he has been involved in research concerning: physiological responses to partial gravity; the development of novel research methods for systematic reviews; considerations for medical-evacuation from space; the effect of carbon dioxide on pharmaceutical stability; pilot selection and screening; and was also involved in the international research effort to understand the impact of coronavirus upon human health and behaviour. All of Jonathan’s research is underpinned by a multi-disciplinary and mixed-methods approach, combining research techniques from both space medicine and psychology for an integrated understanding of human behaviour, health, and performance.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    PhD Researcher, Northumbria University

Honours

BSc (Hons), MRes, CertHE, FHEA