National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Alexander William Dunlap, D.V.M., M.D.
- Payload Specialist
- PERSONAL DATA:
- Born July 15, 1960 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Single.
Recreational interests include flying, music, scuba diving, golf, skiing,
and photography. His parents, Lt. Col. William L. Dunlap (USAF retired)
and Alix E. Dunlap, are deceased.
- Graduated from West Memphis Senior High School,
West Memphis, Arkansas in 1978. Received bachelor of science degrees in zoology
and in animal science (Cum Laude) from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville,
Arkansas, in 1982 and 1984, respectively, a doctorate in veterinary medicine in
1989 from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a doctorate in
medicine in 1996 from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis,
- American Society for Gravitational and Space
Biology, American Veterinary Medical Association, Memphis and Shelby County
Veterinary Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and
Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians.
- SPECIAL HONORS:
- University of Tennessee College of Medicine -
Deanís Commendation for Meritorious Achievement, Research Award presented
by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (outstanding paper
published in Laboratory Animal Science, 1990), John Gammon Foundation
Scholarship, Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine
Practitioners Scholarship and from Louisiana State University he received
the Hillís Hospital Design Award and the Hillís Senior Student Award.
- Has published three articles and presented
two posters in the areas of animal and human physiology.
- In 1984-1985 Dr. Dunlap worked as an Electron
Microscopy Research Technician at the University of Tennessee Center for
the Health Sciences and as an Electrical Generating Systems Technician for
Coleman Engineering, Memphis, Tennessee, in 1986. He was a Student Resident
at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine from 1986-1987
followed by an Externship in Laboratory Animal Medicine at the University
of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in 1987. After receiving his
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1989, he worked as a Veterinarian at
Bowling Animal Clinic, Collierville, Tennessee, from 1989-1992.
Between 1991-1995 Dr. Dunlap supported five NASA space flights and
attended medical school. In 1996 he received his Doctor of Medicine
degree and completed his first year of residency through an Accelerated
Medical Resident program at the University of Tennessee Department of
Family Medicine. He is currently on leave from this program to work on STS-90,
- NASA EXPERIENCE:
- In 1991 he served as a Biospecimen
Sharing Program Team Member and a Project Veterinarian during Spacelab
Life Sciences-1 (STS-40) and post flight he performed delayed flight
profile tests of onboard hardware. He served as the Project Veterinarian,
for the Physiological Systems Experiment-02 (STS-52) in 1992. Followed by
working as a Dryden Landing Site Biospecimen Sharing Team Member for the
Physiological and Anatomical Rodent Experiment-03 (STS-56) and as a
Payload Specialist Finalist/Support Scientist and Veterinarian for
Spacelab Life Sciences-2 (STS-58) in 1993. In 1995 he worked as a
Veterinarian/Surgeon at the Dryden Landing Site for National Institutes
of Health-R2 (STS-70) and post flight he performed biospecimen tests
at Kennedy Space Center.
- CURRENT ASSIGNMENT:
- Dr. Dunlap is a Payload Specialist
candidate for STS-90, Neurolab. Job responsibilities include training
with the principal investigators in the specific experiments to be
conducted before, during and post-flight. Specific activities include
both task and mission training.