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    MASE Associate Investigators are individual scientists (possibly representing a team/group) from Europe or beyond whose research activities and interest are relevant and potentially complementary to the MASE research plan. Associate Investigators collaborate with the MASE project, extending its scope by bringing in complementary activities, knowledge, and/or (in-kind) resources, in turn, MASE can make available its samples, protocols and knowledge produced. MASE Publications resulting from work with Associate Investigators or from work that benefited from their contribution will associate them to the list of authors.

    Currently seven scientists are associated with MASE:

    • Dr. Li Deng leads an Emmy Noether research group in the institute of Groundwater Ecology, Helmholtz Center in Munich (Germany). She is a viral ecologist and studies the role of viruses in various environments including groundwater, freshwater, marine, soil, as well as human. In her Emmy Noether research group, she takes an integrated approach to investigate microbes-viruses interactions by combining microcosm experiments employing model microbes and viruses, and culture-independent, high-throughput metagenomics. More info>>

    • Dr. Jennifer Eigenbrode is a biogeochemist and geologist with expertise in detecting and deciphering organic molecules found in rocks, sediments, biology, ice, and water. Her research is focused on understanding the preservation of organic matter and detection of biosignatures on Mars and ocean worlds in our Solar System.  Currently, she works on the Science Analysis at Mars instrument on the Curiosity Rover in search of organic molecules on Mars and is a Mars Science Laboratory participating scientist investigating the impact of high-energy proton radiation on sedimentary organic matter. Eigenbrode received her Ph.D. from the Penn State University in 2004. She joined NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as a research scientist in 2007. More info>>

    • Dr. Jessica Flahaut is a CNES research fellow in the e-mars team, at the Laboratoire de Geologie de Lyon, France. Her specialties include planetary (Earth, Mars, Moon) and field geology, remote sensing and GIS, IR and Raman spectroscopy, XRD analyses. As a trained field geologist, Dr. Flahaut recently carried out two Mars analogues campaigns in the Atacama desert (Chile) and at the Solfatara volcano, Italy. More info>>

    • Prof. Uwe Meierhenrich is professor of Physical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry at the University Nice Sophia Antipolis. His scientific interest focusses on the origin of life’s molecular asymmetry: Proteins and genes are functional biopolymers composed of L-amino acids and D-ribose subunits that break chiral symmetry. he and his research team separate and characterize enantiomers utilizing multidimensional chromatography and circular dichroism spectroscopy. he has participated at the cometary mission Rosetta-Philae that deposited an enantioselective GC-MS onto the nucleus of comet 67P. More info>>

    • Dr. Tetyana Milojevic is Vice-Head of the Department of Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Vienna (Austria). Her group and research interest focus on biochemistry of extremophiles, functional and structural analysis of their molecular machinery, bioleaching, microbial-mineral interactions as well as microbes in space. Dr. Milojevic collaborates with MASE on proteomics analysis of MASE samples. More info>> 

    • Dr. Rüdiger Pukall is a curator for microorganisms at the Leibniz Institute DSMZ – German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures in Braunschweig, Germany. He is also in charge of the ESA Microbial Strain Collection, which represents the first collection of spacecraft and clean room associated bacterial strains. His scientific interest focuses on microbial diversity, astrobiology, evolution and taxonomy. More info>>

    • Dr. Andreas Riedo is a SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation) fellow at the Sackler Laboratory for Astrophysics, Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, The Netherlands. Since 2009 he is involved in the field of space research and the development of space instrumentation. His expertise covers various fields of disciplines, including the design and development of space instrumentation, laser ablation and laser ablation ionization mass spectrometry (LIMS), mass spectrometry, among others. Currently, he is focusing on the development of the fundamentals for the detection of biosignatures using a miniature LIMS system originally designed for the in situ investigation of the chemical composition (elements/isotopes) of solids on planetary surfaces. More info>>



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