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Guest Advisor Biographies

Dr. Asuka Shima
Dr. Asuka Shima is a researcher at JAXA. She studied at Osaka University, where she received her Ph.D. degree in chemistry in March 2009. She has been working for JAXA since April 2009. Her current research interests focus on regenerating oxygen from carbon dioxide for advanced manned space missions.

Dr. Marco Casolino
Marco Casolino is a physicist responsible for several  astrophysics, fundamental physics  and radiation  experiments carried in space,  on satellites,  on the Russian Mir and the International Space Station. He has participated in launch operations at Cape Canaveral in Florida and the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. He is co-author of more than 100 papers on scientific journals such as Science and Nature. Currently he is team leader  at the RIKEN science Institute in Japan working on the JEM-EUSO experiment. He is also Senior Researcher at   the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) at the University of Rome Tor Vergata,  where he teaches several physics courses. He is author of several outreach books, such as “How to survive radioactivity” dealing on natural and artificial radiation after Fukushima accident, and on Mayan astronomy and mathematics.  He is also an author on a novel on Japan, “Grikon”.  He keeps a science blog,  www.casolino.it and ia co-author of a science outreach podcast, www.scientificast.it .

Dr. Arghya Dutta
Post Doctoral Researcher
Byon Initiative Research Unit
RIKEN, Japan
Email: arghya.dutta@riken.jp
• Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India- 2013
• M.Sc. in Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India- 2008
• B.Sc. in Chemistry, The University of Burdwan, India- 2006
• Design of porous electrocatalysts for Li-O2 battery
• Synthesis of porous materials
• Gas storage
• Ion adsorption
• Catalysis
Research Experience
• Post Doctoral Researcher, Riken, Japan: July, 2013- Present
• Graduate Student, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India: August, 2008- June, 2013
• GCOE Internship Fellow, Osaka University, Japan: January, 2011- March, 2011
• Master’s Project, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India: July, 2007- April, 2008.

Dr. Morgan Thomas
I’m a Canadian and received my PhD from the University of Nottingham, U.K. in Inorganic Chemistry, where I worked on clean chemical processes. My research has been focused on green and sustainable science and engineering for chemical and energy applications. After working as a postdoctoral researcher on biofuels in Aachen (Germany), and as a research associate for biomass processing in Saskatoon and Toronto (Canada), I joined RIKEN to work on the next generation of battery technologies for vehicles.

Ms. Ruma Mandal
Graduate Student
S N Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences
Salt Lake City, Kolkata, India
Email: ruma.mandal@bose.res.in
• Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), S N Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, India- 2010- Present
• M.Sc. in Electronic Sciences, The University of Calcutta, India- 2009
• B.Sc. in Physics, The University of Calcutta, India- 2007
• Spin Waves and Domain Dynamics in Magnonic Crystals
Research Experience
• Graduate Student, S N Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, India: September, 2010- Present
• Visiting Technician, Riken, Japan: October 2013- November 2013
January, 2013- March, 2013
July, 2012- October, 2012
May, 2011- June 2011
• Project Assistant (Level II), Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, India: March, 2010- September, 2010
• Master’s Project, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India: July, 2008- March, 2009