Hi I’m Alia Al Mansoori, the Science and Engineering Grassroots Ambassador and speaker at MEYE 2020. In 2017, I won the Genes in Space UAE competition, with a proposal to study how exposure to space affects the health of live organisms at cellular level. My experiment was loaded onto the August 2017 SpaceX CRS-12 mission and will help to study the expression of heat-shock proteins in space, establishing that the genes turning them on could be detected.
After completing school, I want to study genetics at university and ultimately pursue a post-graduate qualification to become an astronaut. My dream is to be the first Emirati woman to visit Mars. I am the founder of Emirati Astronaut a platform for all aspiring astronauts and space explorers to connect.