Dr. Noreen Khan-Mayberry

Dr. Noreen Khan-Mayberry is a space toxicologist, published author and international speaker. She is currently on assignment with the NASA Office of Inspector General serving as a subject matter technical expert, toxicologist and safety officer.

She has received the “Technology Rising Star” award from the National Women of Color Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program, one of three awardees from NASA to receive this award.

Dr. Khan-Mayberry received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Louisiana. She then went on to earn her Master's of Science degree in Biology and her Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from Texas Southern University.

She began her career at NASA as a Space Toxicologist in 2004 in the Space Life Sciences Directorate, Environmental Factors Division.  Her work supported the shuttle, International Space Station (ISS), Human Research Program (HRP) and Constellation (Cx) programs. In her role as space toxicologist, Dr. Khan-Mayberry provides toxicological evaluations of system and payload materials to determine potential crew exposure to toxins from payload experiments and materials inherently in use on spacecraft.  

“When we say TSU graduates can be seen and found all over the globe, we mean just that,” says Dr. Bobby Wilson, Texas Southern University professor and her dissertation advisor. “Noreen was an excellent student and we knew immediately that we would be seeing her name again. Like this example of excellence, there are several Noreen’s on the horizon. This is a true testament to the fine job TSU is doing with its students and an excellent example of what a Ph.D. degree in environmental toxicology from TSU can do.”

As a public speaker, Dr. Khan-Mayberry addresses leadership for women, space, environment and nutrition toxicology, STEM and environmental equity. She has written the first toxicology book for laypersons, “Talking Toxicology,” which is available on Amazon. To learn more about her work, you can follow her on Twitter (@DrNoreen) or Facebook ( 

OmniUpdateLast Updated: 1/17/13