Science and Innovation
Michael A. Schmidt
Ph.D. Molecular Medicine, Neuroscience;
Human Performance in Extreme Environments
CEO & Chief Scientific Officer │ Sovaris Aerospace
Chair for Medical and Human Programs, Geoversity.
Dr. Michael A. Schmidt is among those leading the advancement of precision medicine in human spaceflight. His clinical and research work is focused on multi-scale analytics derived from genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and microbiomics. This includes involvement in the NASA Twins Study of One Year in Space, and forthcoming Lunar and Mars expeditions.
Dr. Schmidt has three decades of experience working with elite performers in extreme environments, which includes leading the molecular profiling and countermeasure efforts for humans ranging from wilderness medicine, S.W.A.T., high altitude ascent, military Special Forces, NFL, NBA, US Olympic athletes, professional cycling, and motor sports (24 Hours of Le Mans). Dr. Schmidt also leads the Sovaris Aerospace research collaboration, as a member of the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation.
Dr. Schmidt is the current President of the Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Branch of the Aerospace Medical Association.
He is also the former Course Director of Clinical Genomics, Proteomics, & Metabolomics at George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences.
Dr. Schmidt did his doctoral (Ph.D.) research in Molecular Medicine and Biochemistry within the Life Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center, which included work with humans on NASA’s 20G long-radius human centrifuge. He received a second Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Lancaster University, focused on molecular modifiers of neuroplasticity. He is the 2019 winner of the Research & Development Innovation Award from the Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Branch of the Aerospace Medical Association. He is also the 2020 recipient of the Marie Marvingt Award for Excellence in Aerospace Medicine from the Aerospace Medical Association.
In addition to his medical work, Dr. Schmidt has also spent 25 years exploring humpback whale, dolphin, and orca communities in the wild, including expeditions with National Geographic. He is also a human performance specialist with the Rwandan National Cycling team, supporting young Rwandan riders who lost family members in the genocide. He lives in Boulder, Colorado USA.
Dr Arnaud Ruel
Always tempted by humanitarian activities, Dr Arnaud Ruel starts a formation in management and administration at the school of politic Sciences in Paris/France.
At the same time, he tries to go to China and India for practices in Humanitarian Medicine. During this time, he was also in Cambodja and Vietnam, where he completed written work in Human Medicine, as a general practicer. Then he went to Thailand where he studied another practice Wat Po ( ostheopatie- kyropractie- kinesiology).
After the Asian experience he went to Africa inside the “French Doctors”, the organization that would give place to MSF ( Medecins sans Frontieres- doctors without frontiers).
He creates his own structure of social aid in Africa, with the help of a sponsor. And starts travelling all over Africa, building actions in social welfare and awareness.
He had the opportunity to study the medicine of the locals, the medical plants used, the formulas, the minerals etc.
Coming back in France he creates the foundation “Africa Line” to help women and children, assuring them financial independence and work.
He also created and founded the well recognized brand of cosmetiques and health “OMOYE”, that he decided to sell some years later.
Free of big commitments imposed by OMOYE, he created “Mahakala” specialized in the etiology ( research of the cause and the origine).
Mahakala is commited with promoting wellness and health.
They work on drinking water, hygiene of the mouth, cervical and back pains, AVC, fight against malaria, immunity system, etc
A beautiful work from Human to Human.