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Emily R. Morey-Holton


Emily R. Morey-Holton (‘58 AB, ‘61 MS, ‘64 PhD)

Emily R. Morey-Holton is a three-time graduate of WVU. In 1958, she received her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts in 1958. She received a master’s degree and Ph.D. in pharmacology in 1961 and 1974, respectively.

After graduation, she embarked on a lifelong career in research. As chief of the NASA research laboratory at Ames Research Center, Morey-Holton has been considered a world expert and contributor to the understanding of the adaptations of the skeleton to spaceflight. She worked with NASA and other scientific communities to help them understand many of biological responses astronauts face when exposed to prolonged weightlessness.

Prior to her career with NASA, she spent several years teaching and conducting research at the University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University.

She has received numerous awards, including AIAA Jeffries Medical Research Award, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, president of the American Society of Gravitational and Space Biology, NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, NASA Special Achievement Award, and NASA-Ames Associate Fellowship.