2020-2021 Executive Committee



Kseniya Masterova

Kseniya is a fourth year M.D./Ph.D. student on the Aerospace Medicine Track at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in physics, biology, and biophysics in 2016. After graduating, she spent her gap year working as a research assistant in the Space Medicine Innovations Lab at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.  She has spent multiple summers at NASA Johnson Space Center working on research in Lifetime Surveillance of Astronaut Health, Exploration Medical Capability, and Exercise Physiology.


Vice President

Ari Epstein

A native of northern Illinois, Ari is now a second-year resident in Family Medicine at Northwestern University. Ari is grateful for AMSRO's strong mentoring network for connecting him, as a medical student, with supportive research and clinical mentors. With their help, he has presented and written on translational research from spaceflight operations and had amazing experiences at both the NASA Johnson Space Center Aerospace Medicine Clerkship and UTMB Principles of Aviation and Space Medicine course. He most enjoys presenting to elementary and high school STEM students to talk about the multidisciplinary professional opportunities (and really cool science!) Aerospace Medicine offers. Ari races road bikes/ocean swims, plays the drums, and reads historical nonfiction.

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Ben Johnson

Ben is a second year medical student at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as Secretary of AMSRO, he has collaborated on AMSRO's Mentorship Committee, Outstanding Mentorship Award Committee, Scientific Paper Award Committee, International Outreach Committee, and Diversity Committee. His past aerospace research interests include changes in the human microbiome in isolation, the psychology of polar exploration, computer detected team psychology measures, space radiation effects on the CNS, and vestibular function in microgravity. He was a Sally Ride Intern at NASA JSC in 2017 and received the Anita Mantri, PhD Memorial Travel Scholarship from AsMA in 2020. He is greatly invested in promoting mentorship and helping students find reliable information and opportunities in aerospace medicine.

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Treasurer/Membership Coordinator

Claire Moura

Claire is a fourth and final year medical student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. She first became interested in space as a child watching the Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and his musical videos from space. Now as the Treasurer/Membership-Coordinator, Claire combines her love of space with her passion for financial management. In her spare time, Claire loves to scuba dive, and can’t wait until she’s able to travel again to a new dive spot. 

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Riley Ferguson

Riley is a second-year medical student at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Having always loved aviation, Riley obtained her pilot's license in high school and continued her aerospace interests by founding AviaDORES at Vanderbilt University during her undergraduate years. She completed a Bachelor's of Science in Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Arts in English while completing an honors thesis focused on single-particle quantum dot imaging. She received the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagle Internship in 2018 and worked with DAHER aviation creating aerospace medicine educational materials, with a specific focus on hypoxia. She continued her work on hypoxic states at the University of California San Francisco this past summer. Riley is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the AMSRO community.


Chief Editor (Orbiter)

Laurel Kaye

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Social Media Officer

Corey Morris

Corey is a third year medical student at Lincoln Memorial University's DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in the great state of Tennessee!  Corey doesn't have much experience with aerospace medicine but is always willing to learn new things. (He wants that to be an encouragement to let anyone know they can be a part of this wonderful, welcoming organization even though they may not have much experience in the field).  Corey is interested in most things Human Space Flight related, so if you have anything to share, send it his way!  He also enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his dog and family.

Resident in Aerospace Medicine Representative

William Valencia

Will is an aerospace medicine resident at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.  He completed his primary residency in family medicine at David Grant USAF Medical Center, California.  He worked in urgent care and primary care at Misawa Air Base, Japan prior to starting his current program.  He is involved in research with NASA, where he plans to serve as a flight surgeon. He is currently certified as a Diving Emergency Management Provider and is working on his Private Pilot License. His hobbies include snowboarding, cycling, traveling and hiking.

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