Márcia Foster Mesko was born in Canguçu city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil. She concluded her PhD in Chemistry at Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil, in 2008, and has been an Associate Professor at Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel), Brazil, since 2009. Currently, she is the Director of the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Brazilian Chemical Society, Coordinator of the Chemistry Committee at the Foundation for Supporting Research of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (FAPERGS), and also Coordinator of the Biochemistry and Bioprospecting Postgraduate Program at UFPel.
She has supervised 11 master and 3 PhD students, has presented at several conferences in national and international scientific meetings and has received more than 15 national and international awards, including the “For Woman in Science” from L’Oreal Brazil, Brazilian Academy of Science, UNESCO, “2018 JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship” and “Celebrating Excellence in Research: 100 Women of Chemistry”, both from Royal Society of Chemistry.
She has published more than 80 peer-reviewed international papers, 15 national and international book chapters and 5 patents of innovation. She has experience in analytical chemistry for the development of methods for atomic spectrometry and ion chromatography, greener sample preparation methods, food and environmental analysis, speciation analysis, and quality control of pharmaceutical and other industrial products. She has worked on developing methods for halogens determination, including bromine, in food and biological samples.