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Thais graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the Federal University of Pelotas (1985), achieved a Master's degree in Aerospace Medicine - Wright State University (1991), and a PhD in Space Physiology - King's College London (1998). She founded the Microgravity Center in 1999 at PUCRS, Brazil and coordinated it till 2017, during which time it grew to become an internationally recognised reference center in the study of human space physiology, space biomedical engineering, aviation medicine and telehealth. She was also a Full Professor at the School of Medicine at PUCRS, whilst also acting as Deputy Director of a Master's degree course in Space Physiology & Health at King's College London until 2020.
Thais is co-founder and Scientific Director of InnovaSpace Ltd, (UK), member of the Board of Directors and Chief Medical Officer of the International Space Medicine Consortium (ISMC - USA), elected member of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (IAASM) and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), where she is currently Member of the Board of Trustees for the period 2019-2021. She has extensive professional experience with numerous books and scientific articles published and presented at scientific events, and holds 8 patents.
Thais has over 30 years of experience in aerospace research, including participation in 2 European Space Agency parabolic flight campaigns. She is experienced in research related to hypo and hyperbaric chambers, human centrifuges, rotating chairs and negative and positive pressure boxes. She also serves as editor and reviewer for several national and international scientific journals, including the Space Medicine Section of Medindia. Thais is a member of scientific commissions in the space area and has an important international profile, giving numerous lectures each year on topics related to aerospace science and telehealth in universities and teaching-research institutions.