MSc. Eng. Ewa Borowska

Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Astrobiology, Planetology and Biosignatures

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Founder of Extremo Technologies and the current chief technology officer (CTO). She is combining innovative technologies, improving systems based on new biotechnologies, and implementing an interdisciplinary approach in the company. She believes that research on extremophilic organisms will answer many questions about life on other planets of the solar system and beyond, and the fight against various diseases or environmental protection.

MSc. Eng. Ewa Borowska is a graduate of the University of Gdańsk, where she graduated in oceanography. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Warsaw in the College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Her research directions include astrobiology, geomicrobiology, oceanography, and regenerative medicine. She studies volcanic areas, lava caves and extremophiles living there, biofilm formation, and non-invasive research on identifying abiotic sources of organic compounds by microorganisms settling in rocks. I deal with early photosynthesis, microbial adaptations to various factors, interactions between organisms in extreme environments, and secondary metabolites of extremophiles.

In addition, she designs experiments based on terrestrial analogs to reflect past and present conditions on the planets Mars and Venus. She cooperates with many research centers in Poland and in the world. He is part of the Venus Life Finder Mission Concept Study research group led by Professor Sara Seager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – Extended Science and Engineering Team, where she conducts expertise on extremophilic organisms and geomicrobiology related to a future private mission to Venus. Ewa also cooperates with NASA Ames Research Center and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to develop technologies for detecting trace amounts of organic compounds, the so-called biosignatures. In addition, she is a member of the Innspace association and the Polish Astrobiology Society.

In March 2021, she received a scholarship from the Kościuszko Foundation, thanks to which she completed an internship at NASA Ames Research Center, implementing a grant of her idea on microorganisms, in particular microalgae from volcanic areas and their movement in aerosols in the atmosphere.

She has participated in many popular science programs (TVN24, radio broadcasts, science programs, expert panels, oceans of competitions, and press interviews, including National Geographic and Focus). Speaker at such events as Made in Wrocław, World Space Week, ESERO Polska at the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw, Polish-American Innovation Bridge (PAMI), Startup Poland. Winner and finalist in many space competitions. Currently, also a coordinator for the development and implementation of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, maths) of education in schools, promoting creative and interdisciplinary development of youth and mentoring students.