Aaron H. Persad

Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyResearch Scientist

Dr. Aaron Persad completed his B.A.Sc. in 2006 at the University of Toronto (U of T) in the biomedical stream of Engineering Science. His undergraduate thesis with the Bone Interface Group at the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering investigated the effects of Shuttle launch vibrations on the proliferation, viability and conformation of stem cells derived from human umbilical cords. He completed his Ph. D. in statistical thermodynamics and quantum mechanics in 2014 at U of T with the Statistical Thermodynamics Lab. There, he investigated heat transport mechanisms for both ground and space applications cumulating in two launches of his payloads to the International Space Station. He pursued a postdoc in micro- and nano-fluidics phase-change kinetics with the Sinton Fluidics & Energy Lab at U of T. Dr. Persad is currently a Research Scientist in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with the Microfluidics and Nanofluidics Research Lab where he is developing nanotechnologies for purification, dialysis treatment, and fusion reactors. He is the Director of Bioastronautics for the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences, board member of the Association of Spaceflight Professionals, Co-founder of Astreas - a company innovating space food systems, and recent winner of NASA’s Deep Space Food Challenge Phase I with his team Mission: Space Food.


International Astronautical Congress 2022

18-22 September 2022

Paris, France