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Kjell N. Lindgren (NASA photo JSC2009-E-228736)

Biographical Data

Kjell N. Lindgren (M.D.)
NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA:  Born in Taipei, Taiwan.  Lived in the midwestern U.S., but spent most of his childhood overseas living in England.  Married to the former Kristiana Jones.  They have three children.  His parents, Randahl and Anita Lindgren, reside in Burke, Virginia.  His sister, Niki Lindgren, lives in Los Angeles,  California.  Interests include spending time with his family, running, reading, movies, photography, amateur astronomy and church activities.

EDUCATION:  Completed his freshman year at Lakenheath High School in the United Kingdom.  Participated in Virginia’s Governor’s School at William and Mary College during the summer of 1990.  Graduated from James W. Robinson Secondary School Fairfax, Virginia in 1991.  Received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (minor in Mandarin Chinese) from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1995; a Master of Science degree in Cardiovascular Physiology from Colorado State University (CSU) in 1996; and a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Colorado in 2002.  Completed a three-year residency in emergency medicine, including a chief resident year at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2005.  Completed a National Library of Medicine Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Master of Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota in 2006.  Completed a two-year residency in aerospace medicine (2008) and a Master of Public Health (2007) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas.  Dr. Lindgren is board certified in emergency medicine and aerospace medicine.

ORGANIZATIONS:  Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association; Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine; American Medical Informatics Association; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; Space Medicine Association; Christian Medical and Dental Associations and National Eagle Scout Association.

SPECIAL HONORS:  UTMB Outstanding Resident Award (2008); Distinguished Graduate, U.S. Air Force Primary Flight Surgeon Course (2007); William K. Douglas Aerospace Medicine Scholarship (2007); Hippocrates Award, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2002); Richard C. Hardin Award, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2001); Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (2001); Edgar and Marion Adler Scholar, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2001, 2002); U.S. Air Force Achievement Medal (1998).

EXPERIENCE:  At the U.S. Air Force Academy, Dr. Lindgren was a member of the “Wings of Blue” parachute team, where he served as an instructor, a jumpmaster and a member of the academy’s intercollegiate national championship team.  As a part of his masters studies at CSU, Dr. Lindgren conducted cardiovascular countermeasure research in the Space Physiology Lab at NASA Ames Research Center in Sunnyvale, California.  He conducted high-altitude physiology research during medical school.  Dr. Lindgren began working at Johnson Space Center in 2007.  As a Wyle-University of Texas Medical Branch flight surgeon, he supported International Space Station (ISS) training and operations in Star City, Russia and water survival training in the Ukraine.  At the time of his selection to the astronaut corps, he was serving as the deputy crew surgeon for STS-130 and Expedition 24.

NASA EXPERIENCE:  Dr. Lindgren was selected in June 2009 as one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class.  Following the completion of two years of training and evaluation, he was assigned technical duties in the Spacecraft Communicator (CAPCOM) branch and Extravehicular Activity (EVA) branch.  Dr. Lindgren served as lead CAPCOM for ISS Expedition 30. 

Dr. Lindgren is currently assigned to Expedition 44/45 as a flight engineer and is scheduled to fly to the International Space Station aboard Soyuz 43 in May 2015.


MAY 2013