Astrobiology, Planetology and Biosignatures

MSc Eng. Ewa Borowska – PhD candidate at University of Warsaw and  CEO of the company.

Founder & CEO

My research lines include astrobiology, geomicrobiology, and oceanography. I investigate volcanic areas, lava caves and the extremophiles thriving there, biofilm formation, and non-invasive study for identifying abiotic sources of organic compounds by microorganisms settling rocks. I am focused on early photosynthesis, adaptations of microorganisms to various factors, interactions between organisms in extreme environments, and secondary metabolites of extremophiles. In addition, I design terrestrial experiments as an analog to conducting investigative missions on the planets Mars and Venus. I am a part of the Venus Life Finder Mission Concept Study group led by Professor Sara Seager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and collaborates with the NASA Ames Research Center and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to develop technologies for the uptake of trace amounts of organic compounds.  Furthermore, I am a member of  the Innspace association and the Polish Astrobiological Society. 

I was awarded in a mentoring and training program TopMinds 2019, the initiative of the Association of Top 500 Innovators and the Polish-American Fulbright Commission.  Supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland. I am attending International Conferences connected to astrobiology, geomicrobiology and oceanography research. My involvement in algae research resulted in patent notification of a new strain of volcanic algae and use for bioremediation, and the production of biofuels. Based on Cyanidioschyzon merolae strain. 

My passion is also popularizing science and educating people by interdisciplinary views and STEM education. 

Research projects and interests in our company:

Planetology and biosignatures, Phycoremediation, Biomining of space resources, secondary metabolites in cancer therapy and regeneration, support system for astronauts

Vision

My vision of further research is to combine new technologies and deep tech with discovery of the next extremophiles from undiscovered places and use their metabolites to support innovative studies.  I would like to create a new STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in Poland to develop Space Research in greater areas and make sure that everyone has an easy access to them.

Publications:

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