Dr. Matthew Pava joined DARPA as a program manager in March 2021. He is interested in biotechnologies that address challenges in infrastructure sustainment, emergent care for battlefield trauma, and mitigating the impact of sleep loss on health and human performance.
Prior to coming to DARPA, Pava was a senior scientist in the Human Systems and Autonomy research area at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Laboratories, where he led research teams as a principal investigator on multiple projects, including DARPA-funded research, in areas of mobile health, physiological monitoring, and bioinformatics.
A recipient of several awards for research innovation and service, Pava founded and moderated a scientific interest group on chronobiology and sleep at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to facilitate cross-institute collaboration and communication within the Intramural Research Program. He has published over ten peer-reviewed journal articles, given over 20 technical presentations, and has provided mentorship to junior staff and students throughout his career in industry and academia.
Pava earned a doctorate in neuroscience from the Medical University of South Carolina and was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at NIH. He earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and molecular biology from the College of Charleston.
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Resilience to Performance Deficits from Sleep Loss
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