A mix of archaeologists and microbiologists. Outside academia, Selene is a rugby athlete and explorer. She now works as the managing director for Space Is For You, an online platform showcasing the benefits that space research and technology bring to Earth. Recently, she joined the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science as a visiting scholar working in the field of origin of life chemistry, looking at the formation of membranes in early microorganisms.
Driven by the passion to study the past, evolution, and dinosaurs, she obtained her bachelor’s in Archaeological Sciences and a master’s in Molecular Biology, focusing on metagenomics and studying virus interaction with their surrounding environments.
Her passion for space started really early, as she was also convinced that the Moon was always following her, however, she put it aside. It came back even stronger in the last few years, and if the Moon wasn’t following her, she thought that she instead try and reach for it. Since then, Selene started to work towards becoming an astrobiologist and astronaut, hoping to also bring archaeology into space.
She started to do so by building the first analog habit Interactive Space Museum, at the Analog Astrounat Training Centre. With SGAC, she’s also working on space environmental and human heritage protection policies with the project DIA Moon Base. In 2022, Selene became SGAC Italian National Point of Contact. When not in a lab or working, you can find her outside, doing sport, exploring new places and cultures, and of course food.