My name is Dominic Tanzillo and I am an Instructor for Space Medicine with Duke University.

Bioastronautics (the formal name for Space Medicine) encompasses a range of medical, pyschosocial, and engineering disciplines to safely place human beings outside of Earth’s atmosphere and preserve their health. Thanks to a variety of mentors at NASA and Duke University, I have been able to develop an introductory course for the field. Duke and Coursera officially published the class in late 2021.

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Machine Learning



Math Modeling


Research Projects and Technical Work


Software Developer

Tietronix, Inc

Jun 2021 – Present Houston, Texas
  • Working full-time as a software developer on a variety of NASA, Air Force, and Medical Projects
  • Projects include systems modeling, virtual reality, measuring human congition, and medical education

Undergraduate Researcher

Pearson Lab, Duke University

Aug 2020 – Jan 2021 Durham, North Carolina
  • Worked with Dr. Pearson to develop a novel machine learning algorithmn for classifying neuroelectrophysiology data in real-time
  • Developed ariticial training set for validation across spike sorting paradigms

Undergraduate Space Research Associate

NASA Johnson Space Center

Jan 2020 – Aug 2020 Houston, Texas
  • Built machine learning models to predict USAF pilot learning and performance
  • Ran flight simulations to test biometric data collection.
  • Ran statistical tests and preprocessed data to determine salient biomarkers
  • Developed MATLAB and Python scripts to use EEG data to control an RC car

Biomedical Engineering Technician

Engineering World Health

Jun 2018 – Aug 2018 Moshi, Tanzania
  • Repaired over 40 pieces of medical equipment at KCMC, one of Tanzania’s largest hospitals
  • Trained Tanzanian doctors, nurses, and engineers on usage and maintance of equipment
  • Installed a backup power supply for the Engineering Department’s use during electrical blackouts

Undergraduate Researcher

Wang Neurobiology Lab, Duke University Medical School

Aug 2017 – Dec 2019 Durham, North Carolina
  • Autocadded and 3-D printed a mouse maze
  • Developed Arduino code to automate mice running
  • Classified and spike sorted neurons for mice trigeminal ganglia cells
  • Completed two independent studies investigating rhythmic whisking behaviors

Undergraduate Researcher

UCSF and SF VA, Departments of Nuerosurgery

May 2017 – Jun 2018 San Francisco, California
  • Investigated error rate in medical software used to fuse CT and MRI scans

  • Attended UCSF Neurosurgery Grand Rounds

  • Shadowed surgeries for the implantation of Deep Brain Stimulation devices

  • Published in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery


Papers, Writings, and Presentations

Duke School of Medicine Feature

  • School of Medicine Artcle focusing on the various educational programs developed by my co-instructor and me

Paper: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

  • Second named author on paper quantifying error in software frequently used in merging CT and MRI scans
  • Full publication title: “CT and MRI image fusion error: an analysis of co-registration error using commercially available deep brain stimulation surgical planning software”

Article: Via Satellite

  • Opinion article detailing Space Force’s ability to protect humanity’s future in space

Podcast: On-Orbit

  • Effort to increase public awareness of the the field of space medicine


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