People

For individual contact information of any BMSIS researcher, please email info@bmsis.org.

Zach Adam

Zach Adam
Education
Ph.D. Earth Sciences (Montana State University 2014)
Research
micropaleontology · Precambrian evolution · complexity · origins of life · ECLSS
Location
Boston, Massachusetts

Rika Anderson

Rika Anderson
Education
Ph.D. Oceanography & Astrobiology (University of Washington 2013)
Research
astrobiology · microbial evolution · microbial ecology · origin of life · science education
Location
Northfield, Minnesota

Daniel Angerhausen

Daniel Angerhausen
Education
Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrophysics (University of Stuttgart 2011)
Research
exoplanets · astrobiology · airborne astronomy · mission design · science communication
Location
Bern, Switzerland

Dimitra Atri

Dimitra Atri
Education
Ph.D. Physics (University of Kansas 2011)
Research
cosmic rays · astrophysics · astrobiology · habitability · science education
Location
Athens, West Virginia

Arsev Aydinoglu

Arsev Aydinoglu
Education
Ph.D. Communication & Information Science (University of Tennessee 2011)
Research
interdisciplinary studies · origin of life · science communication · research data management · astrobiology
Location
Ankara, Turkey

Armando Azua-Bustos

Armando Azua-Bustos
Education
Ph.D. Molecular Genetics & Microbiology (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 2013)
Research
desert microbial ecology · extreme environments · science communication · water and life · shadow biosphere
Location
Santiago, Chile

Laurie Barge

Laurie Barge
Education
Ph.D. Geological Sciences (University of Southern California 2009)
Research
origin of life · prebiotic chemistry · geochemical energetics · electrochemistry · self-organizing structures
Location
Pasadena, California

Tony Barrett

Tony Barrett
Education
Ph.D. Engineering & Public Policy (Carnegie Mellon University 2009)
Research
risk analysis · mathematical modeling · nuclear security · human extinction · terrorism analysis
Location
Arlington, Virgina

Seth Baum

Seth Baum
Education
Ph.D. Geography (Pennsylvania State University 2012)
Research
applied ethics · environmental policy · risk analysis · human extinction · climate change
Location
New York, New York

Jennifer Blank

Jennifer Blank
Education
Ph.D. Geochemistry (California Institute of Technology 1993)
Research
Mars Curiosity mission · biogeochemistry · prebiotic chemistry · experimental petrology and fluid geochemistry · stable isotope geochemistry
Location
Mountain View, California

Jeff Bowman

Jeff Bowman
Education
Ph.D. Oceanography & Astrobiology (University of Washington 2014)
Research
microbial evolution/genetics · microbial survival · biosphere/geosphere co-evolution · environmental sequencing · high performance computing
Location
Palisades, New York

Michael Busch

Michael Busch
Education
Ph.D. Planetary Science (California Institute of Technology 2010)
Research
asteroids · radar · radio astronomy · spacecraft mission planning · SETI
Location
Mountain View, California

Michael Ceballos

Michael Ceballos
Education
Ph.D. Microbiology & Biochemistry (University of Montana 2010)
Research
virus-host co-evolution · biofuels · sustainable habitats · neuroscience · phycology
Location
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Mark Claire

Mark Claire
Education
Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrobiology (University of Washington 2008)
Research
atmospheric chemistry · science policy · science education · biogeochemistry · planetary habitability
Location
St. Andrews, U.K.

Henderson (Jim) Cleaves

Henderson (Jim) Cleaves
Education
Ph.D. Chemistry & Biochemistry (University of California San Diego 2001)
Research
origins of life · prebiotic chemistry · astrobiology · primitive self-replicating molecules · organic synthesis
Location
Washington, D.C.

Julia DeMarines

Julia DeMarines
Education
M.S. Space Studies (International Space University 2011)
Research
astrobiology · biosignatures · Titan · science communication · astrobiology education
Location
Oakland, California

Ram Gandhiraman

Ram Gandhiraman
Education
Ph.D. Materials Engineering (Dublin City University 2007)
Research
biointerphases · planetary protection · life search instrumentation · microbial decontamination · materials science
Location
San Jose, California

Aaron Goldman

Aaron Goldman
Education
Ph.D. Microbiology (University of Washington 2010)
Research
computational biology · astrobiology · bioinformatics · science education · philosophy of science
Location
Oberlin, Ohio

Jacob Haqq-Misra

Jacob Haqq-Misra
Education
Ph.D. Meteorology & Astrobiology (Pennsylvania State University 2010)
Research
planetary habitability · atmospheric dynamics · climate modeling · SETI · environmental ethics
Location
Clayton, Delaware

Craig Hardgrove

Craig Hardgrove
Education
Ph.D. Geology (University of Tennessee 2011)
Research
Mars rover instrumentation · geomorphology · spectroscopy · geochemistry · commercial/academic partnerships
Location
Phoenix, Arizona

Steve Hsu

Steve Hsu
Education
M.D./Ph.D. Molecular Pharmacology (Albert Einstein College of Medicine 1992)
Research
disruptive biotech/biopharm · health equity · scalability/sustainability · space radiation exposure · drug delivery in space
Location
Gainesville, Florida

Heshan “Grasshopper” Illangkoon

Heshan “Grasshopper” Illangkoon
Education
Ph.D. Biochemistry (University of Florida 2010)
Research
synthetic biology · organic chemistry · molecular evolution · prebiotic chemistry · astrobiology education
Location
Gainesville, Florida

Betul Kacar

Betul Kacar
Education
Ph.D. Biomolecular Chemistry (Emory University 2010)
Research
experimental evolution · protein networks · molecular resurrection · systems biology · complex life
Location
Boston, Massachusetts

Afshin Khan

Afshin Khan
Education
Ph.D. Environmental Science (Washington State University 2016)
Research
geomicrobiology · molecular evolution · cryonics · space habitats · microbiome studies
Location
Pullman, Washington

Ravi Kopparapu

Ravi Kopparapu
Education
Ph.D. Physics (Louisiana State University 2006)
Research
extrasolar planets · habitable zones · exoplanet characterization · planetary architecture · SETI
Location
College Park, Maryland

Mike Kubo

Mike Kubo
Education
B.S. Chemistry (University of California 1999)
Research
astrobiology · subsurface biosphere · science education · analytical chemistry · isotopic analysis
Location
Mountain View, California

Graham Lau

Graham Lau
Education
Ph.D Geological Sciences & Astrobiology (University of Colorado 2016)
Research
astrobiology · geochemistry · Earth system science · philosophy of science fiction · communication studies
Location
Boulder, Colorado

Ivan Paulino Lima

Ivan Paulino Lima
Education
Ph.D. Biophysics (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro 2010)
Research
astrobiology · extremophiles · microbiology · synthetic biology · science communication
Location
Mountain View, California

Rafael Loureiro

Rafael Loureiro
Education
Ph.D. Botany (National School of Tropical Botany at Rio de Janeiro 2013)
Research
algae/bacteria ecophysiology · biosignatures · modular agriculture · space colonization · astrobiology
Location
Lakeland, Florida

Omer Markovitch

Omer Markovitch
Education
Ph.D. Chemistry (Weizmann Institute 2014)
Research
origin of life · prebiotic evolution · systems chemistry · water structure and dynamics · computational chemistry
Location
Groningen, The Netherlands

Jeff Marlow

Jeff Marlow
Education
Ph.D. Geobiology (CalTech 2015)
Research
microbiology · metabolic activity · methane seeps · proteomics · extremophiles
Location
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Shawn McGlynn

Shawn McGlynn
Education
Ph.D. Biochemistry (Montana State University 2010)
Research
sulfur isotope fractionation · microbial ecophysiology · cell interfaces and electron transfer · metalloproteins · origin of life
Location
Tokyo, Japan

Haritina Mogosanu

Haritina Mogosanu
Education
M.S. International Security (Massey University 2016) & M.S. Environmental Management (USAMVB 1997)
Research
astrobiology education · planetary protection · international security · cultural astronomy · science communication
Location
Wellington, New Zealand

Rakesh Mogul

Rakesh Mogul
Education
Ph.D. Biological & Organic Chemistry (UC Davis 1998)
Research
extremotolerance · planetary protection · spacecraft-associated microorganisms · biochemistry · lipoxygenase structure & function
Location
Pomona, California

Brendan Mullan

Brendan Mullan
Education
Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrophysics (Pennsylvania State University 2013)
Research
STEM education · Fermi Paradox · extragalactic astronomy · astrophysics · astrobiology
Location
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Preeti Nema

Preeti Nema
Education
Ph.D. Microbiology (University of Pune 2013)
Research
abiotic stress responses · extremophiles · origin of life · astrobiology · science popularization
Location
Pune, India

Mrina Nikrad

Mrina Nikrad
Education
Ph.D. Marine Science (University of Delaware 2013)
Research
extremophile metabolism · microbial ecology · origin of life · human space exploration · science communication
Location
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Siddharth Pandey

Siddharth Pandey
Education
M.S. Space Systems Engineering (Delft University of Technology 2014)
Research
Mars exploration · sample acquisition · in-situ resource utilization · mission design · aerospace engineering
Location
Canberra, Australia

Carl Pilcher

Carl Pilcher
Education
Ph.D. Chemistry (Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1973) & Masters of Public Affairs (Princeton University 1987)
Research
astrobiology · cancer
Location
Sebastopol, California

Milena Popovic

Milena Popovic
Education
Ph.D. Biochemistry (Florida State University 2012)
Research
astrobiology · origin of life · RNA world · in vitro evolution · RNA structure and function
Location
Mountain View, California

Andro Rios

Andro Rios
Education
Ph.D. Chemistry (University of California San Diego 2012)
Research
organic chemistry · prebiotic chemistry · astrobiology · chemical education · metabolic diseases
Location
Mountain View, California

Edward “Eddie” Schwieterman

Edward “Eddie” Schwieterman
Education
Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrobiology (University of Washington 2016)
Research
astrobiology · exoplanets · biosignatures · spectral modeling · science education
Location
Riverside, California

Lauren Seyler

Lauren Seyler
Education
Ph.D. Biological Oceanography (Rutgers University 2015)
Research
microbial ecology · origin of life · exobiology · biological oceanography · geomicrobiology
Location
East Lansing, Michigan

Sanjoy Som

Sanjoy Som
Education
Ph.D. Planetary Sciences & Astrobiology (University of Washington 2010) and Stanford Ignite (Stanford Graduate School of Business 2012)
Research
atmospheric geology · geomorphology · aqueous geochemistry · bioenergetics · astrobiology education
Location
Mountain View, California

Parag Vaishampayan

Parag Vaishampayan
Education
Ph.D. Microbiology (University of Pune 2005)
Research
astrobiology · extreme environments · planetary protection · bioinformatics · microbial diversity
Location
Pasadena, California

Sara Imari Walker

Sara Imari Walker
Education
Ph.D. Physics & Astronomy (Dartmouth College 2010)
Research
origins of life · cosmology · computer modeling · complex systems · astrobiology education
Location
Phoenix, Arizona