LTU Staff

Javier Martin-Torres

(Physicist)

Chaired Professor

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Prof. Martín-Torres is interested in multi-disciplinary research, mainly focused on atmospheric studies and planetary exploration and research.
He has an extensive international career, that started as an ESA Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung and Universität Karlsruhe, Germany. Since then, he has worked at NASA/Langley Research Center, Hampton, USA; at JPL, Pasadena, USA; Lunar and Planetary Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA; CalTech, Pasadena, USA, and the Spanish Research Council, Spain. Currently he holds the Honorary Fellow status at the School of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science and Engineering of the University of Edinburgh, U.K., and he is Specially Appointed Professor at the University of Okayama at Misasa, Japan


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Maria Paz Zorzano Mier

(Physicist)

Professor

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Professor Zorzano has developed a scientific career as long as intense since she finished her bachelor degree in Theoretical Physics at the Complutense University of Madrid, and obtained her Doctorate with a thesis performed during her doctoral Fellowship in Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg, Germany (Summa Cum Laude).
She was a Post-doctoral Fellow at CERN (Genève, Switzerland), and also worked as a Project Manager Professional at a technological company. Since 2001 she is staff at the Spanish INTA (National Aerospace Institute), working in three Departments of the Astrobiology Centre: Trans-disciplinary Laboratory, Advanced Computation Laboratory and Instrumentation Laboratory.


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David Fernandez Remolar

(Geologist)

Senior Researcher

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He got a Double Major in Geology and Palaeontology (Sedimentary environments) from the Complutense University of Madrid, and specialized afterwards in this latter discipline by earning a Master and completing his Doctorate in Palaeontology. Currently he works, among other subjects, on the investigation of Mars analogues from a geochemical and environmental point of view.


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Anshuman Bhardwaj


(Glacier Specialist)

Associate Senior Lecturer

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Anshuman Bhardwaj is a remote sensing specialist, trained in glacio-hydrological sciences. He has noteworthy research experience in remote sensing-based image processing and classification, field data collection, spatial and non-spatial data integration in GIS and spatial modeling, with a focus on cold-mountain ecosystems.


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Juan Antonio Ramirez Luque

(IT Engineer)

Research Engineer

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Juan Antonio is a Senior Technician in Information Treatment and Computer Systems, specialized in Linux system management and in advance technology for information treatment in Linux and Windows nets. He masters the programming languages C++, Java, Fortran 77/90, Web Flash, Bash scripting, PHP, Oracle and ActionScript.


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José A. Gordillo Martorell

(Science communicator)

Project manager

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José Antonio has 20 years of experience as science communicator and educator, during which he has been mainly working at the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain, in different positions such as spokesman, project manager and others. In addition, he has specialized as science communication trainer, gaining expertise in science communication methodologies, leadership, and strategy.


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Juan Francisco Buenestado

(Science journalist)

Adjunct University Lecturer

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Graduate in Journalism at Complutense University of Madrid, he specialized in Scientific Journalism and Communication of Science. As a member of the Atmospheric Science Group, he is responsible for all kind of outreach and for the Group's activities spreading, mainly focused on the production of articles on the research topics the scientific staff work on. The aim is to broaden the reach of this work among a general public, contributing in some measure to the increase of scientific culture.


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Post-Doctoral Scholars

Ricardo Fonseca


(Physics Engineer)


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Ricardo graduated in Physics Engineering at the University of Coimbra. After completing his PhD in Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate at the University of Reading, he worked on tropical climate modelling at the Earth Observatory of Singapore. His research interests are numerical modelling of the climate system, global teleconnections and climate variability and prediction.


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Elizabeth Escamilla Roa


(Computational Chemist)


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Elizabeth Escamilla Roa, has a PhD in Computational Chemistry at the University of Granada, Spain. Clay minerals were the main topic in her PhD studies in the Computational Mineralogy research group (Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra). Subsequently, her research focused on phenomena of mineral surfaces, such as the process of adsorption and desorption of molecules onto different surfaces (clays, olivine, carbonates and TiO2). These studies were applied in subjects related with the Catalysis and Astrochemistry. Recently, she was working on the experimental exploration of the crystalline growth of self-assembled tubular surfaces (Chemical Gardens).


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PhD. Students

Maria Teresa Mendaza de Cal


(Mathematician)


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Graduate in Mathematics (Astronomy and Geodesy specialization) at the Complutense University of Madrid, she got a fellowship to work in data analysis in geodesic data processing for structural models during her last year of her graduate. Her current research topic includes studying the effects of Line-mixing effect in radiative transfer calculation for optically dense atmospheres.


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Alvaro Tomas Soria Salinas


(Aerospace Engineer)


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After completing his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering specialisation Science and Aerospace Technologies in the Technical University of Madrid, he joined the Atmospheric Science Group at the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering within the Division of Space Technology in Kiruna as a PhD student.


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Thasshwin Mathanlal


(Manufacturing Engineer)


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Miracle Israel Nazarious


(Aerospace Engineer)


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Miracle Israel Nazarious has a strong engineering background having graduated his bachelors in Aeronautical engineering and masters in Space science and technology with specialization in space instrumentation. He is very much interested in areas where engineering aids scientific research. At Atmospheric Science, his research focuses on space instrument design and development for mars exploration that are relevant to in-situ resource utilization (HABIT), astrobiology (Metabolt), and other projects that are within the scope of group's research.


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Samuel Konatham


(Avionics Engineer)


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Samuel earned a Bachelor degree of Technology in Avionics from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, India, and then he got the degree of Master of Science in Space Science and Technology, with specialization in Atmospheric and Space Science, from Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Currently he is a PhD candidate in the LTU’s Atmospheric Science Group, with particular interest in Exoplanet studies. He is also responsible for the calibration of the UVS of the HABIT/ExoMars instrument.


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Abhilash Vakkada


(Industrial Engineer)


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Abhilash received his Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering & Management from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India, and obtained his Master of Science in Space Science & Technology from Luleå University of Technology. He is currently a PhD student in the Atmospheric Science Group with main focus on space environmental chambers, space qualification and planetary protection for space instrumentation prototyping.


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Master's Collaborators

Jessica Fahlgren


(Atmospheric Science)


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Jessica Fahlgren is studying Master Programme in Space Engineering, with specialization in Space and Atmospheric Physics at Luleå University of Technology. She is currently writing her Master Thesis within LTU’s Atmospheric Science Group. The subject of the Master Thesis is 'Satellite observations of temporal changes in the high latitude glaciers due to the changing climate'. Jessica is dedicated to her field of study and very motivated to work within the field of space and atmospheric physics.


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Patrik Olsson


(Atmospheric Science)


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Patrik Olsson is studying the Master Programme in Space Engineering, with specialisation in Spacecraft and Instrumentation at Luleå University of Technology. He is currently working on his Master Thesis within the Atmospheric Science Group. The subject of the Master Thesis is 'Habitability Conditions and Environmental Analysis of Lava Tubes on Mars'. Patrik has a background from his studies in electronics, programming, CAD, simulation software and more.


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