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Ms. Sonja Schmer-Galunder
Sonja Schmer-Galunder, M.S.
Principal Investigator

Ms. Schmer-Galunder is a Senior Researcher at Smart Information Flow Technologies and Principal Investigator (PI) of this project (MEDULLA). She has more than 10 years of experience leading research projects merging social science theory with novel Machine Learning approaches. Her research focuses on understanding the social and cultural context of human behavior, behaviors of small teams and human-cyber team interaction. She is the PI of TYBALT, a Phase 2 SBIR which uses NLP methodologies to identify mechanisms of moral disengagement to justify harmful intentions towards others on social media. She is the co-PI on HABITUS, a project with the goal to build generative cultural models of under-governed populations. She is also the co-PI of other team research efforts, like ASIST and TAILOR and co-PI of HI-SEAS Missions V and VI. She has presented her research at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Military Health System Research Symposium, NASA’s Human Research Program Investigator Workshop, the US Office of the Surgeon General, DARPA and Google.

Dr. Jeremy Gottlieb
Jeremy Gottlieb, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Gottlieb is the co- Principal Investigator of this project and works as Researcher at Smart Information Flow Technologies. He serves as a Principal Investigator in the TAILOR program and was previously the PI of SIFT’s VR project with NASA designed to reduce social isolation on long-duration space missions. He specializes in Artificial Intelligence and Human/Automation Interaction. His specific research interests are in automated planning, machine learning, and human adaptive systems (systems that adapt behavior to feedback from human users). Dr. Gottlieb's research has involved applications to robotic foraging and path planning and machine learning/data mining approaches to allowing autonomous recognition of oceanographic processes. Prior to joining SIFT, Dr. Gottlieb conducted research at the Autonomous Systems Laboratory at UC Santa Cruz and collaborated with the autonomy group at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. He has presented research at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, AAAI Spring Symposia, Cognitive Science Society, and Association for Psychological Science.

Dr. Pete Roma
Pete Roma, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Pete Roma is a Senior Research Psychologist in the Warfighter Performance Department at the Naval Health Research Center and a co-PI on MEDULLA. He also holds adjunct faculty appointments at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the University of Kansas, the University of California Irvine, the University of Texas at Austin, and Rice University. Prior to joining the NHRC, Dr. Roma was Senior Scientist and Director of the NASA Behavioral Health & Performance Laboratory at NASA Johnson Space Center. Pete was Principal Investigator of NSBRI Grant NCC 9-58-NBPF01602 as successor to space research pioneer, the late Dr. Joseph V. Brady, and was also Principal Investigator of NASA Grant NNX13AB39G investigating individual- and team-level differences in group cohesion, performance, and biopsychosocial adaptation over time in laboratory and operational environments. Pete’s expertise in behavioral science and operational research was also developed through several productive domestic and international research collaborations, including multiple successful missions at NASA’s HERA and NEEMO space analog facilities, and was the first US-based Investigator to lead a behavioral research project at the European Space Agency’s Concordia Station in Antarctica. More recently, Dr. Roma served as Lead Psychologist for HI-SEAS Missions II-IV, Co- Investigator and Co-Lead Psychologist for HI-SEAS Missions V and VI, and served as Principal Investigator of NASA’s multidisciplinary Human Factors and Behavioral Performance Exploration Measures projects involving the operational assessment of individual and team behavioral health and performance over time in the extreme mission environments of HERA, the Russian NEK/SIRIUS facility, Germany’s Neumayer Station in Antarctica, and the International Space Station.

Dr. Csilla Ari D'Agostino
Csilla Ari D`Agostino, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Csilla Ari D`Agostino (www.csillaari.com) is the co-Founder and CEO of Ketone Technologies (https://www.ketonetechnologies.com), Graduate Faculty Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida, Department of Psychology and co-PI on this MEDULLA project. She completed her Ph.D. in Neurosciences in 2008 at the Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary and has been studying cell surface protein mislocalization, metabolic therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, seizure disorders and cancer. Her research involves studying diving physiology, psychological and physiological changes and adaptations in response to extreme environments working with NASA, ESA, and the Institute of Human and Machine Cognition, while also exploring and testing novel applications of exogenous ketone supplements, using behavioral tests on rodent models, confocal and electron microscopy, hyperbaric experiments. Dr. Ari D`Agostino served as a co-PI during an underwater space-analog mission, the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO22) to study the psychological and physiological effects of living in an extreme saturation environment and took part as a crew member and co-PI during NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO23) in 2019. In 2017 she co-founded Ketone Technologies LLC in order to help advance research and education initiatives about metabolic therapies and performance enhancement. Her discoveries on manta rays were highlighted by the prestigious Nature magazine, National Geographic and several other media channels.

Dr. Michaela Musilova
Michaela Musillova, Ph.D.
Co-Investigator and Director of HI-SEAS

Dr. Michaela Musilova is the Director of HI-SEAS as part of the International MoonBase Alliance. She is also a visiting Professor at the Slovak University of Technology, Vice-Chair of the Slovak Organisation for Space Activities (SOSA), Adjunct Faculty at ISU and the Senior Research Adviser for Mission Control Space Services Inc. An astrobiologist with a focus on life in extreme environments, Michala earned her Ph.D. from the University of Bristol (UK), and has studied and conducted research at University College London (UK), California Institute of Technology (USA), Chiba University (Japan) and others. She is also a graduate from the International Space University (ISU)'s Space Studies Program. Michaela’s space research experience includes working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, University of London Observatory, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, and on NASA’s and UK Space Agency’s MoonLite project. Dr. Musilova has also served as an analogue astronaut crew member and Commander of numerous simulated missions to the Moon and Mars at the HI-SEAS station in Hawai'i and at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah. She has been a Commander of over 20 analogue lunar and Martian missions.