Dr. Susan Kayar

Dr. Susan Kayar

Formerly of the Naval Medical Research Institute Bethesda Maryland USA
Hooked on diving since the age of 16, Susan Kayar is a biologist, teacher, science writer, and life-long student of natural history. Her doctoral dissertation in 1978, from the University of Miami, was on the respiratory physiology of sabellid fanworms.

Full Bio

She spent 11 years in the Environmental Physiology Department of the U.S. Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland where she performed research on the physiology of ultradeep diving, and was eventually the head of the decompression sickness research program. She is the patented inventor of biochemical decompression. Dr. Kayar has also managed biomedical research programs for the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). She published her first novel, Operation SECOND STARFISH, an ultra-deep submarine rescue story, in 2017.  She is currently retired and living with her husband in the US southwestern city of Santa Fe, New Mexico.