AFS board

AFS board

AFS board is re-elected yearly. The following members have been elected for the year 2019:


Dr. Dainius Martuzevičius

Board members

  • Dr. Rūta Aldonytė
  • Dr. Liudvika Leišytė
  • Dr. Daumantas Matulis
  • Dr. Ramūnas Stepanauskas

Dr. Rūta Aldonytė R. Aldonytė graduated from Kaunas Medical University (medical doctor). During 2000–2004 she accomplished PhD at the University of Lund (Sweden) in the field of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the most abundant human anthropoiesis, anthriptyline. The trainee continued postdoc at the University of Florida (USA). In 2013, she received funding to support researchers through the Global Grant of Research Council of Lithuania. Recently
R. Aldonytė has been delegated to represent Lithuania in the working group of the new European Commission Human Biomonitoring Initiative, successfully has submitted a project to the consortium partners and will be involved in monitoring human pollution in Europe.

Dr. Liudvika Leišytė holds an MPhil degree in International Comparative Education from the University of Oslo and a PhD in Public Management from the University of Twente. From 2003-2013, she worked as a researcher at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, where she has gained extensive experience in the acquisition, coordination and execution of various European and national research projects. These projects in higher education research and policy, university governance and management, and academic work have been funded by the DFG, the EU, and various national governments and institutes of higher education research. Prof. Leisyte is a member of the Editorial Advisory Councils of the Higher Education Policy, European Journal of Higher Education, Triple Helix and Acta Pedagogica Vilnensis. It acts as chair or board member in various non-profit organizations (eg LNVH, Futura Scientia, Female Faculty Network Twente). In addition, she is co-organizer of EERA / ECER (Research in Higher Education) network 22 (European Educational Research Association / European Conference on Educational Research) and a member of the Executive Board of the Society for Research on Higher Education.

Dr. Dainius Martuzevičius is a member of the association since its establishment in 2009. He is a full professor at the Faculty of Chemical technology, Kaunas University of Technology. He was a visiting scholar in the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, during 2002-2005. His research interests include application of nanotechnology and advanced oxidation processes towards the improvement of air quality. Recently, he has been coordinating Lithuanian actions in several major European and national research projects with the five year turnover of 1 mil Euros. He is also a co-founder of startup "Volatile Innovation".

Dr. Daumantas Matulis is Head of Department of Biothermodynamics and Drug Design, at the Institute of Biotechnology, Life Sciences Center, Vilnius University. His research interests are focused on the target structure-based design and synthesis of small molecule compounds as candidates for drug design by applying organic chemistry, biophysical, enzymatic, crystallography, and in silico modeling techniques. He was awarded Lithuanian National Science Prize (2012). Currently he is the president of the Lithuanian Biocemical Society and the secretary of the Lithuanian Biophysical Society. He is the recipient of the direction-Home prize by Telia-Sonera. Daumantas obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (1998) and after industry experience at Johnson&Johnson returned to Lithuania (2005). He is one of the establishers of the startup company ThermoPharma Baltic. He has served as a public advisor to the President of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus on repatriation issues and currently is board member in the societies “Futura Scientia” and “Sugrizus”.

Dr. Ramūnas Stepanauskas is a member of the association since its establishment in 2009.  He is a Senior Research Scientist and a founding director of the Single Cell Genomics Center at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Maine, USA. Dr. Stepanauskas’ research interests include the ecology, evolution and biotechnological applications of environmental microorganisms, with the primary focus on marine and subsurface environments. He also is a pioneer in the development of technologies for studies of environmental microorganisms at the level of individual cells. Dr. Stepanauskas has published over 100 research publications. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 2018 and has received a Lithuanian Ministry of Science and Education Award for Achievements in Science in 2014.

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