David Saint-Jacques

Participating Scientist

David Saint-Jacques

Affiliation: CSA
B.Eng, MD, PhD (physics)
Currently undergoing Astronaut Candidate Training at NASA-JSC

Personal Profile

Born January 6, 1970 in Quebec City, Quebec, and raised in Saint-Lambert, Quebec. He is currently engaged. He is a lifelong hiker, cyclist, skier and passionate sailor. He is fluent in English and French, and has basic knowledge of Spanish and Japanese.


Dr. Saint-Jacques earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Engineering Physics from École polytechnique de Montréal (1993). He earned a PhD in Astrophysics from Cambridge University, UK (1998), where his studies included theoretical work on astronomical observation and design, fabrication and commissioning of instruments for the Cambridge Optical Aperture Synthesis Telescope and for the William Herschel Telescope in the Canary Islands. He earned his MD from Université Laval in Quebec City, Quebec (2005) and completed his family medicine residency at McGill University (2007), where his training focused on first-line, isolated medical practice.


Prior to joining the Canadian Space Program, Dr. Saint-Jacques was a medical doctor and the Co-chief of Medicine at Inuulitsivik Health Centre in Puvirnituq, Quebec. He also worked as a Clinical Faculty Lecturer for McGill University's Faculty of Medicine supervising medical trainees in Nunavik.

Dr. Saint-Jacques began his career as a biomedical engineer and his broad scientific background also includes astrophysics and medical training. His postdoctoral research included the development and application of the Mitaka Infrared Interferometer in Japan and the Subaru Telescope Adaptive Optics System in Hawaii (1999-2001), after which he joined the Astrophysics group at Université de Montréal. His international experience also includes engineering study in France and Hungary, and medical training in Lebanon and Guatemala.

Special honours include

1) Canada Millennium Scholarship (2001-2005)
2) Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship (1999-2001)
3) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) "1967" Science and Engineering Scholarship (1994-1998)
4) Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Honorary Scholar (1994-1998)
5) United Kingdom Overseas Research Student Award (1994-1998)