Dr Emma Tucker

BSc (hons) in Theoretical Physics, Ph.D in Astrophysics, MBBS, Cert EM (ACEM)
Research Fellow (Senior Lecturer), Space Medicine
ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Medical And Health Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified 119999
  • Galactic Astronomy 020104

Research interests

Space Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Digital Twins, Computational simulations of physiology


Dr Emma Tucker is an astrophysicist and medical doctor whose unique background allows her to study the effects of space travel on the human body. After completing a PhD in astrophysics and then a medical degree, she undertook an aerospace medicine clerkship at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas. Dr Tucker is currently an emergency medicine registrar (Australasian College for Emergency Medicine) at the Calvary Emergency Department in Canberra as well as a research fellow in space medicine at the ANU where she does research on the effects of microgravity on the cardiovascular system. Dr Tucker is an ANU InSpace Mission Specialist in space medicine.

Available student projects

- Space Medicine: Computational Simulations of the cerebrovascular system

- Space Medicine: Long duration spaceflight and the cardiovascular system

- Space Medicine: Fitness to fly – congestive heart failure

- Visiting the Solar System – Cardiovascular effects on Solar System Planets

Current student projects

Erica Coxon (undergraduate research project 2021): "Circulation in Microgravity"

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