Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor
|Born||April 9, 1976|
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Time in space
|196 days 17 hours 49 mins|
|Selection||2009 NASA Group|
|Missions||Soyuz MS-09 (Expedition 56/57)|
Serena Maria Auñón-Chancellor (M.D., M.P.H.) (born April 9, 1976, in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American physician, engineer, and NASA astronaut. She visited the ISS as a flight engineer for Expedition 56/57 on the International Space Station.
Auñón-Chancellor attended Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. She holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University, an M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Texas) (2001), and an M.P.H. degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in 2006.
Auñón-Chancellor was hired by NASA as a flight surgeon and spent over nine months in Russia supporting medical operations for International Space Station astronauts. She served as the deputy crew surgeon for STS-127 and Expedition 22. She also serves as the deputy lead for Orion – Medical Operations.
She received the 2009 Julian E. Ward Memorial Award from the Aerospace Medical Association for her contributions to spaceflight crewmember clinical care and development of medical kits to support launch and landing in Kazakhstan.
Auñón-Chancellor was selected as an astronaut candidate in June 2009. She completed the astronaut candidacy training program in 2011.
As part of her training, she spent 2 months in Antarctica from 2010 to 2011 as part of the ANSMET expedition. The ANSMET expedition consisted of a 9-member systematic team and a 4-member reconnaissance team that explored new areas where future teams may go. Collectively they returned over 1200 meteorites.
Auñón's father is Dr. Jorge Auñón, a Cuban exile who arrived in the United States in 1960; her mother is Margaret Auñón.
Auñón-Chancellor is married to physicist Dr. Jeff Chancellor, and has a step-daughter named Serafina Chancellor. They currently live in League City, Texas.
Auñón-Chancellor is a licensed amateur radio operator with the call sign of KG5TMT. She earned her Technician Class license and was granted her callsign by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on June 2, 2017.
Honors and awards
Auñón-Chancellor has received the following awards and honors:
- 2004 - Thomas N. and Gleaves James Award for Excellent Performance by a Third-Year Resident in Internal Medicine.
- 2006 - William K. Douglas Award
- 2007 - Outstanding UTMB Resident Award
- 2009 - United States Air Force Flight Surgeons Julian Ward Award 
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- Chancellor, Jeffery C.; Auñon-Chancellor, Serena M.; Charles, John (January 2018). "Medical Implications of Space Radiation Exposure Due to Low-Altitude Polar Orbits". Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance. 89: 1 – via Ingenta Connect.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
- Chancellor JC, Blue RS, Cengel KA, Auñón-Chancellor SM, Rubins KH, Katzgraber HG, Kennedy AR. (April 2018). "Limitations in predicting the space radiation health risk for exploration astronauts".CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
- "via the ARRL: Radio Amateurs to Swap Spots on International Space Station (ISS) Crew". June 3, 2018.
- "Serena Auñón-Chancellor" (PDF). NASA. October 2016. Retrieved June 12, 2018.