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Master of Space Studies

International Space University

Bachelor of Science - Major in Physics - With Distinction

University of Calgary

Thesis: Characterizing changes in bone strength of post-menopausal women and astronauts after simulated bone atrophy and apposition

Supervisor: Dr. Steven K. Boyd

GPA: 3.9 / 4.0


Bachelor of Medical Sciences - Honors Specialization in Physiology & Major in Physics [completed 1st Year]

University of Western Ontario

Transferred to University of Calgary

GPA: 4.0 / 4.0

Work History

May 2015Aug 2015

Undergraduate Researcher

Vascular Aging and Space Research Laboratory, University of Waterloo

Developed a program to analyze astronaut cardiovascular data (BP Reg project) to validate cardiac output and arterial stiffness measurements with spaceflight.  Designed an earth analog experiment that tests the reproducibility of a spaceflight exercise protocol's leg blood velocity recordings.

Supervisor: Dr. Richard L. Hughson and Dr. Kathryn A. Zuj 

Oct 2012Feb 2014

Undergraduate Researcher

Gastrointestinal Research Group, University of Calgary 

Developed a data analysis program to facilitate analysis of rat metabolic data.  Studied the mechanism of dietary proteins on metabolic syndrome, including obesity and diabetes using blood & fecal samples, histology, and intraperitoneal glucose tolerance testing.

Supervisor: Dr. Prasanth K. Chelikani and Dr. Adel Pezeshki 


Meeting Abstracts

Yee NJ, Zuj KA, Greaves DK, Hughson RL. Does pulse contour analysis provide a valid estimate of cardiac output during spaceflight? Presented at the Experimental Biology Conference, San Diego, California, 2016.

Hughson RL, Yee NJ, Greaves DK. Elevated inspired and end-tidal PCO2 on the International Space Station. Presented at the Experimental Biology Conference, San Diego, California, 2016.

Yee NJ, Zuj KA, Brar I, Hughson RL. Reproducibility of post-exercise femoral blood flow in the Vascular Echo spaceflight experiment. Presented at the Students' Union Undergraduate Research Symposium, Calgary, Alberta, 2015.

Yee NJ, Pezeshki A, Chelikani PK. Effects of Low Protein Diets on Food Intake, Energy Expenditure & Digestibility and Body Composition in Obesity Prone Rats. Presented at the Obesity Week Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 2013.

Pezeshki A, Fahim A, Yee NJ, Chelikani PK. Effects of Dietary Casein and Whey Protein on Energy Balance, Body Composition and Glucose Tolerance in Diet Induced Obese Rats. Presented at the Obesity Week Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 2013.

Academic and Professional Honors

2015 American Physiological Society (APS) Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship
2014 Canadian Space Agency CaNoRock X International Field Program University Delegate
2014, 2015 University of Calgary Undergraduate Merit Award
2014 Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation Award
2014 Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship
2013 Canadian Conference on Student Leadership University Delegate
2013 Markin Undergraduate Student Research Award in Health & Wellness
2013 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award
2013 SUPER work Undergraduate Research Award
2013 Toastmasters International Area Contest Speech Judge
2013, 2014, 2015 Jason Lang Scholarship

Undergraduate Physics Book Prize


SIFE Calgary Global Entrepreneur Week Innovation Challenge Semi-Finalist

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Dean's List

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Teck Coal Limited Scholarship
2011 Savanna Energy Services Corporation Scholarship
2011 Western Scholarship of Excellence
2011 Hugh Robertson Science Prize
2011                                                                            Alexander Rutherford Scholarship

Personal Projects

NutriFilt - Application:       Source:

A generator of affordably healthy meal plans built on Django, a Python web framework, that helps individuals keep their waist and wallets healthy.  As the Back-End Developer, I interacted with the Edamam API for recipe informations and implemented global optimizing algorithms, Basin-Hopping and Simulated Annealing, to find the cheapest recipe combination that satisfies the user's nutritional requirements.

Mediliza - Application:  Source: 

A healthcare web app built on Sinatra, a lightweight Ruby web framework, that records patient-volunteer interactions, allows nurses to track patient walking duration, and allows family members to make requests.  I designed the ERD, created documentation (using yard), and established our team's git workflow.

Programming Languages

Languages Frameworks and Libraries Databases
Ruby Ruby on Rails PostgreSQL
Python Sinatra SQLite
Javascript Django mongoDB
Fortran NumPy/SciPy
Java Node.js
SQL Jasmine
Mathematica jQuery
Makefile scripts Bootstrap
Batch scripts

Professional Society Memberships

2015 American Physiological Society
2014 Aerospace Medical Association
2014 Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute
2014 Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident
2014                                   Space Medicine Association


English Written and Spoken - Native proficiency
French Written and Spoken - Full professional proficiency
Russian Written and Spoken - Limited working proficiency
Cantonese                             Spoken - Limited working proficiency

Community Service

2016 - Current Co-Founder, ISU Extreme Physiology and Medicine Journal Club
2016 - Current Web Developer, Branch Out Foundation
2012 - Current Co-Founder and Chairman, TwentyFirst Leadership Education
2015 - 2016 Older Adults Friendly Visitor, Rockyview General Hospital
2012 - 2013 Undergraduate Board Team Leader, Journal of Undergraduate Research Alberta
2011 - 2012                                                                                First Year Representative, Western Undergraduate Research Journal