AFS board

AFS board

AFS board is re-elected yearly. The following members have been elected for the year 2024:

  • Rūta Aldonytė 
  • Visvaldas Kairys
  • Dainius Martuzevičius (Chair)
  • Rasa Pauliukaitė
  • Ramūnas Stepanauskas

Rūta 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.

Visvaldas Kairys ( received PhD in Chemistry from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (USA) in 1997. Since then, he was a post-doc at University of Iowa (USA), Center of Advanced Research in Biotechnology (Rockville, Maryland, USA), and At University of Madeira (Portugal). In 2011 he returned to Lithuania. He is a senior researcher at  the Institute of Biotechnology, a part Life Sciences Center of Vilnius University.

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 "Bious Labs".

Rasa Pauliukaitė ( studied at Vilnius University of Educational Sciences,where she obtained a Master's degree in Chemistry in 1994. From 1995 to 2000 she worked at the Institute of Chemistry in Vilnius, where she received her PhD in Physical Sciences (Chemistry) in 1998. Traineeships at the University of Graz, Austria, 2000-2001; Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2001-2002; Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology (ETH), Zurich, 2002-2003; University of Coimbra, Portugal, 2003-2010. Member of the Lithuanian Science Forum (ULMF) since 2006. She has been a board member of the Futura Scientia Association several times.

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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