Irene Karoliussen holds a MSc and BSc in cell and molecular biology with further education in organizational phycology and nature management. She has worked as a Research Scientist at CIRiS since 2006.
Research activities involve plant cultivation in closed systems for space and Earth applications, with particular focus on nutrient delivery, plant health and resource recycling techniques and monitoring. Karoliussen is currently leading a payload development project (3D Bronchial Mucosa), involving design and development of hardware dedicated for cell-biology experiments on the International Space station.
Karoliussen has extended experience with plant cultivation, and she has contributed to roadmaps for future space biology experiments. She is a certified console operator for ESA and NASA for the International Space Station program and have long experience with integration and operation of spaceflight projects.
Karoliussen has special interest in astrobiology, astronomy and human space flight and she has high hopes for the Perseverance mission to Mars as well the future exploration taking place in the Lunar Gateway and Moon base facilities.
- Plant cultivation experiments for design and testing of TIME SCALE Crop Cultivation System breadboard. Academic lecture, 2018.
- Integration and pre-experiment test flow of the Gravi2 experiment performed in the EMCS: from ground testing to space flight. Academic article, 2016.
- Sykdomskontroll og overvåkning av næringsløsningens sammensetning: Resirkulerende salatproduksjon. Article in business/trade/industry journal, 2016.
- Hva skal til for å reise til mars? Intervju med Deutsche Welle Radio.. Programme participation, 2015.
- Hva skal til for å reise til Mars? Reportasje om CIRiS (N-USOK/Time Scale) Mars mission, NASA, Orion, Trondheim. Programme participation, 2015.
- Jordbærdyrking i Huelva i Andalucia, Spania. Article in business/trade/industry journal, 2015.
- Standardization of Experimental Design for Future Research Activities on Higher Plants in Space. Lecture, 2014.
- Effects of the Extraterrestrial Environment on Plants: Recommendations for Future Space Experiments for the MELiSSA Higher Plant Compartment. Academic literature review, 2014.
- Will Plants Grow on Moon or Mars?. Academic literature review, 2013.
- New knowledge and Technologies for Closed Cycle Hydroponics. Academic lecture, 2013.
- Foliar applications of silicon fertilisers inhibit powdery mildew development in greenhouse cucumber. Academic article, 2012.
- Inhibitory Effects of Foliar Applied Si on Powdery Mildew in Greenhouse Cucumber. Poster, 2008.
- Meitemark (Eisenia fetida) som bioindikator for tungmetallforurensning i jord. Thesis at a second degree level, 2006.