CASIS Names Timothy J. Yeatman as Interim Chief Scientist, Alan Stern as Advisor

Timothy J. Yeatman

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (CASIS PR — APRIL 5, 2012) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the nonprofit organization managing research onboard the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory, today named renowned surgeon and researcher Timothy J. Yeatman, M.D., as CASIS Interim Chief Scientist. Additionally, Dr. Alan Stern, a planetary scientist, aerospace consultant, and former NASA executive, has been appointed CASIS Scientific Advisor. Doctors Yeatman and Stern will lead research initiatives for the organization.

“These two high-level appointments have brought world-class scientific expertise to CASIS,” said CASIS Interim Executive Director Jim Royston. “Doctors Yeatman and Stern greatly enhance our ability to attract and evaluate projects that will maximize use of Station and ultimately improve life on earth.”

Dr. Yeatman brings more than 30 years of experience working with patients, research centers, multiple biotech companies and teaching institutions across the country. An early champion of personalized medicine and a pioneer in the field of genomics, Dr. Yeatman also serves as Professor of Surgery and Senior Member of Oncological Sciences at Moffitt Cancer Center, as well as Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He is also the former president and founding Chief Scientific Officer for M2Gen, a personalized medicine company.

Dr. Stern is a planetary scientist, aerospace consultant and author with more than 25 years of space science experience. Presently, he is Associate Vice President and Special Advisor to the President of the Southwest Research Institute, and has his own aerospace consulting practice. He also serves on the board of directors of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. Dr. Stern is the principal investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and has developed eight scientific instruments for planetary and near-space research missions, including three that flew aboard the Space Shuttle. He was also NASA’s Associate Administrator leading the Science Mission Directorate in 2007 and 2008.

Over the past several months, Dr. Yeatman led a team of fellow scientists reviewing NASA experiments that have flown in Space. He will continue to build that team to assist him in his new job. Both Dr. Yeatman and Dr. Stern will work with CASIS management to identify, evaluate and prioritize research projects for the U.S. National Lab.

Requests for Information and proposal opportunities will be posted on the CASIS website at

See Dr. Yeatman talk about his work for CASIS at

About CASIS: The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) was selected by NASA in July 2011 to maximize use of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory through 2020. CASIS is dedicated to supporting and accelerating innovations and new discoveries that will enhance the health and well being of people and our planet. The CASIS goal is to bring the magic of space down to earth. For more information, visit

About the ISS National Laboratory: In 2005, Congress designated the U.S. portion of the International Space Station as the nation’s newest national laboratory to maximize its use for improving life on Earth, promoting collaboration among diverse users and advancing STEM education. This unique laboratory environment is available for use by other U.S. government agencies and by academic and private institutions, providing access to the permanent microgravity setting, vantage point in low earth orbit and varied environments of space. The ISS National Laboratory Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center currently facilitates research initiatives on board the station’s National Lab, but management of America’s only in-orbit laboratory is transitioning to CASIS.