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Research Scientists

Dimitra Atri

Dimitra Atri
Senior Research Investigator
Ph.D. Physics
Mars · Exoplanets · Planetary Habitability · Human Spaceflight · Space Weather
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Jennifer Blank

Jennifer Blank
Senior Research Investigator
Ph.D. Geochemistry
Mars Curiosity mission · biogeochemistry · prebiotic chemistry · experimental petrology and fluid geochemistry · stable isotope geochemistry
Mountain View, California

Henderson (Jim) Cleaves

Henderson "Jim" Cleaves
Senior Research Investigator
Ph.D. Chemistry & Biochemistry
origins of life · prebiotic chemistry · astrobiology · primitive self-replicating molecules · organic synthesis
Washington, D.C.

Jacob Haqq-Misra

Jacob Haqq-Misra
Senior Research Investigator
Ph.D. Meteorology & Astrobiology
planetary habitability · atmospheric dynamics · space settlement · technosignatures · environmental ethics
Clayton, Delaware

Betul Kacar

Betul Kacar
Senior Research Investigator
Ph.D. Biomolecular Chemistry
experimental evolution · protein networks · molecular resurrection · systems biology · complex life
Phoenix, AZ

Ivan Paulino Lima

Ivan Paulino Lima
Senior Research Investigator
Ph.D. Biophysics
astrobiology · extremophiles · microbiology · synthetic biology · science communication
Mountain View, California

Milena Popovic

Milena Popovic
Senior Research Investigator
Ph.D. Biochemistry
astrobiology · origin of life · RNA world · in vitro evolution · RNA structure and function
Mountain View, California

Sanjoy Som

Sanjoy Som
Senior Research Investigator
Ph.D. Planetary Sciences & Astrobiology
Evolution of air pressure · Co-evolution of Earth and life · Water-rock interactions · Life independent of light · Public outreach
Mountain View, California

Anamaria Berea

Anamaria Berea
Research Investigator
Ph.D. Economics & Ph.D. Computational Social Sciences
complex systems · economics · data science · biosignatures · technosignatures · astrobiology

Chris Butch

Chris Butch
Research Investigator
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
Nucleic Acids · Biochemistry · Prebiotic Chemistry · Drug Design · Machine Learning
Atlanta, Georgia

Graham Lau

Graham Lau
Research Investigator
Ph.D. Geological Sciences & Astrobiology
astrobiology · geochemistry · Earth system science · philosophy of science fiction · communication studies
Boulder, Colorado

Rafael Loureiro

Rafael Loureiro
Research Investigator
Ph.D. Botany
applied plant physiology · space horticulture · plant pigment and planetary co-evolution · science policy
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Omer Markovitch

Omer Markovitch
Research Investigator
Ph.D. Chemistry
origin of life · prebiotic evolution · systems chemistry · water structure and dynamics · computational chemistry
Groningen, The Netherlands

Shawn McGlynn

Shawn McGlynn
Research Investigator
Ph.D. Biochemistry
sulfur isotope fractionation · microbial ecophysiology · cell interfaces and electron transfer · metalloproteins · origin of life
Tokyo, Japan

Andro Rios

Andro Rios
Research Investigator
Ph.D. Chemistry
organic chemistry · prebiotic chemistry · astrobiology · chemical education · metabolic diseases
Mountain View, California

Daniella Scalice

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Research Investigator
B.S. Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology
astrobiology · STEM outreach · cross-cultural education · science communication
Annapolis, Maryland

Zach Adam

Zach Adam
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Earth Sciences
micropaleontology · Precambrian evolution · complexity · origins of life · ECLSS
Boston, Massachusetts

Daniel Angerhausen

Daniel Angerhausen
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrophysics
exoplanets · astrobiology · airborne astronomy · mission design · science communication
Bern, Switzerland

Arsev Aydinoglu

Arsev Aydinoglu
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Communication & Information Science
interdisciplinary studies · origin of life · science communication · research data management · astrobiology
Ankara, Turkey

Armando Azua-Bustos

Armando Azua-Bustos
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
xerophiles - astrobiology · space research · microbial ecology · extreme environments · science communication
Madrid, Spain

Laurie Barge

Laurie Barge
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Geological Sciences
origin of life · prebiotic chemistry · geochemical energetics · electrochemistry · self-organizing structures
Pasadena, California

Julia Brodsky

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Affiliate Research Scientist
M.S. Astrophysics
early astrobiology education · astrobiology · cognitive astrobiology · systems thinking in education · questioning in education
Rockville, Maryland, USA

Juan Carlos Chavez

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Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Information Science
Digital Divide · Information Poverty · Indigenous Systems of Knowledge · Indigenous Technologies · Astrobiology and Indigenous Origins of Life

Meg Cheng-Campbell

Meg Cheng-Campbell
Affiliate Research Scientist
M.S. Bioengineering
stem cell biology · bioengineering · science communication · education
Mountain View, California

Mark Claire

Mark Claire
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrobiology
atmospheric chemistry · science policy · science education · biogeochemistry · planetary habitability
St. Andrews, U.K.

Shiladitya DasSarma

Shiladitya DasSarma
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Biochemistry
Extremophiles · Astrobiology · Biotechnology · Biomedical Applications · Climate Action
Baltimore, Maryland

Julia DeMarines

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Affiliate Research Scientist
M.S. Space Studies
astrobiology · biosignatures · Titan · science communication · astrobiology education
Oakland, California

Aaron Goldman

Aaron Goldman
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Microbiology
computational biology · astrobiology · bioinformatics · science education · philosophy of science
Oberlin, Ohio

Natalie Grefenstette

Natalie Grefenstette
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Chemistry
Origins of Life · Astrobiology · Life Detection · Agnostic Biosignatures · Laws and Universal Principles of Biology
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Craig Hardgrove

Craig Hardgrove
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Geology
Mars rover instrumentation · geomorphology · spectroscopy · geochemistry · commercial/academic partnerships
Phoenix, Arizona

Lev Horodyskyj

Lev Horodyskyj
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Geosciences & Astrobiology
astrobiology · science communication · digital education · soils · planetary habitability
Tempe, Arizona

Heshan “Grasshopper” Illangkoon

Heshan “Grasshopper” Illangkoon
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Biochemistry
synthetic biology · organic chemistry · molecular evolution · prebiotic chemistry · astrobiology education
Gainesville, Florida

Tony Z. Jia

Tony Jia
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Chemistry
Prebiotic Chemistry · Astrobiology · DNA/RNA Sequencing · Nanomaterials/Self-Assembly · Membraneless Compartments
Tokyo, Japan

Fathi Karouia

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Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Biology
Space Biology · Astrobiology · Omics · Space Technologies · Human Spaceflight
San Francisco, CA

Afshin Khan

Afshin Khan
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Environmental Science
astrobiology · geomicrobiology · Earth and life system science
Pasadena, California, USA

Mike Kubo

Mike Kubo
Affiliate Research Scientist
B.S. Chemistry
astrobiology · subsurface biosphere · science education · analytical chemistry · isotopic analysis
Mountain View, California

Priscila Lange

Priscila Lange
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Earth Sciences
oceanography · phytoplankton ecology · remote sensing · NASA-PACE mission · science communication
Laurel, Maryland

Mike Lee

Mike Lee
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Biology
bioinformatics · microbial ecology · microbial evolution · deep biosphere · space biology
Mountain View, California

Jeff Marlow

Jeff Marlow
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Geobiology
microbiology · metabolic activity · methane seeps · proteomics · extremophiles
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Haritina Mogosanu

Haritina Mogosanu
Affiliate Research Scientist
M.S. International Security & M.S. Environmental Management
astrobiology education · planetary protection · international security · cultural astronomy · science communication
Wellington, New Zealand

Rakesh Mogul

Rakesh Mogul
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Biological & Organic Chemistry
extremotolerance · planetary protection · spacecraft-associated microorganisms · biochemistry · lipoxygenase structure & function
Pomona, California

Preeti Nema

Preeti Nema
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Microbiology
abiotic stress responses · extremophiles · origin of life · astrobiology · science popularization
Pune, India

Mrina Nikrad

Mrina Nikrad
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Marine Science
extremophile metabolism · microbial ecology · origin of life · human space exploration · science communication
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Siddharth Pandey

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Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Space Systems Engineering
Mars exploration · sample acquisition · in-situ resource utilization · mission design · aerospace engineering
Mumbai, India

Scott Perl

Scott Perl
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Geological Sciences & Geobiology
Astrobiology · Planetary Geology · Geobiology · Mineralogy · Habitability
Pasadena, California, USA

Carl Pilcher

Carl Pilcher
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Chemistry & Masters of Public Affairs
astrobiology · cancer
Sebastopol, California

Sukrit Ranjan

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Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrophysics
Early Earth · Prebiotic Chemistry · Atmospheric Biosignatures · Atmospheric Photochemistry · Radiative Transfer

Edward “Eddie” Schwieterman

Edward “Eddie” Schwieterman
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrobiology
Astrobiology · Exoplanets · Biosignatures · Spectral Modeling · Science Outreach
Riverside, California

Lauren Seyler

Lauren Seyler
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Biological Oceanography
microbial ecology · origin of life · exobiology · biological oceanography · geomicrobiology
Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Svetlana Shkolyar

Svetlana Shkolyar
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Geological Sciences
astrobiology · Mars · rover missions · Raman spectroscopy · outreach & communication
Washington, D.C.

Sara Imari Walker

Sara Imari Walker
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Physics & Astronomy
origins of life · cosmology · computer modeling · complex systems · astrobiology education
Phoenix, Arizona

Anindita Das

Anindita Das
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Geomicrobiology
Microbial Carbon Sequestration · Serpentinization and allied anaerobic microbial processes · Planetary Habitability and Origin of Life · Sustainability of Ecosystems- the microbial understanding · Microbes geodynamics
Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Jihua Hao

Jihua Hao
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Geochemistry
Early Earth surface environments · Origins of life · Habitability of other planetary oceans · Photochemistry under planetary conditions · High temperature and pressure aqueous geochemistry
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Cassandra Juran

Cassandra Juran
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Stem Cell Biology · Bioengineering · Mechanotransduction · Single Cell Comics · Regenerative Medicine · Aerospace Physiology
Mountain View, California

Gina Misra

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Affiliate Research Scientist
M.S. Cell and Molecular Biology
Food Safety in Space · Plant Physiology in Microgravity · Biological Life Support Systems · Sustainability · Plant Biotic Interactions
Delaware, USA

McCullen Sandora

McCullen Sandora
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Physics
Habitability · Cosmology · Planetary Science · Quantum Field Theory · Data Science
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Mike Simmons

Mike Simmons
Affiliate Research Scientist
UCLA
Public Science Outreach and Education · Diversity in STEM · Medical Research Data Analysis
Agoura Hills, California, USA

Ken Williford

Ken Williford
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Earth and Space Sciences and Astrobiology
Life beyond Earth · Mars sample return · Co-evolution of Earth and life · Complex systems · Consciousness
Seattle, Washington

Tomasz Zajkowski

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Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Biochemistry
Origin of life · Prions · Evolution · Synthetic biology · Space microbiology
California, USA

Staff Scientists

Jennifer Claudio

Jennifer Claudio
Education
MA Natural Sciences, San Jose State University
Location
Santa Clara, CA

Jonathan Oribello

Jonathan Oribello
Education
M.S. Bioinformatics, San José State University
Location
Mountain View, California

Noah Randolph-Flagg

Noah Randolph-Flagg
Education
Ph.D. Earth and Planetary Science

Lauren Sanders

Lauren Sanders
Education
Ph.D. Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics

Connie Tsai

Connie Tsai
Education
Ph.D. Neurosciences

Postdoctoral Researchers

Liam Longo

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Advisor
Dr. Shawn McGlynn

Visiting Scholars

Satyam Tiwari

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Education
B.Tech Aeronautical Engineering
Advisor
Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra

Somnath Adak

Somnath Adak
Education
M.Sc. in Geophysics from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
Advisor
Dr. Dimitra Atri

Dayana Mishel Zhigue Álvarez

Mishel Zhigue
Education
Undergraduate student of mathematics
Advisor
Dr. Sanjoy Som

Sarvia Aquino

Sarvia Aquino
Education
Master's in Neuroimaging and Informatics; the University of Southern California
Advisor
Dr. Rafael Loureiro and Gina Misra

Andrew Bartnik

Andrew Bartnik
Education
Bachelors degrees in chemistry, biology, and environmental science
Advisor
Dr. Jihua Hao

Giulia Bassani

Giulia Bassani
Education
Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering; currently pursuing Master’s in Aeromechanics and Aerospace Systems at the Polytechnic University of Turin
Advisor
Dr. Dimitra Atri

Zhen Cahilog

Zhen Cahilog
Education
MBBS & BSc in Pharmacology from Imperial College London
Advisor
Dr. Dimitra Atri

Debjani Chatterjee

Debjani Chatterjee
Education
M.Sc. in Electronic Science
Advisor
Dr. Anindita Das

Debdatta Das

Debdatta Das
Education
Masters Microbiology
Advisor
Armando Azua-Bustos

Debashree Das

Debashree Das
Education
Ph.D.
Advisor
Dr. Afshin Khan

Eduardo Alejandro Lozano Garcia

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Education
Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering, Instituto Politecnico Nacional
Advisor
Dr. Chris Butch

Shreyanjali Ghosh

Shreyanjali Ghosh
Education
M.Sc. Botany
Advisor
Dr. Anindita Das

Kevin Gustafson

Kevin Gustafson
Education
Graduated from Law School
Advisor
Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra

Shahkar Ul Hassan

Shahkar Ul Hassan
Education
UET Lahore
Advisor
Dr. Lev Horodyskyj

Jovel Varghese Jose

Jovel Varghese Jose
Education
B.Tech Biotechnology
Advisor
Dr. Mike Lee

Begüm Nisa Kasaplı

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Education
Undergraduate at Bahçeşehir University in Molecular Biology and Genetics
Advisor
Dr. Cassandra Juran

Ryan Kirby

Ryan Kirby
Education
B.A. Physics
Advisor
Drs. Jen Blank & Graham Lau

Rongrong Liu

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Education
Currently attending the University of California, San Diego
Advisor
Dr. Anamaria Berea

Caitlin MacArthur

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Education
Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Molecular Pathology and Human Genetics
Advisor
Dr. Dimitra Atri

Shireen Mathur

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Education
B.Tech (Aerospace Engineering)
Advisor
Dr. Dimitra Atri

Ayşe Meriç

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Education
PhD Candidate in Business
Advisor
Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra

Anurup Mohanty

Anurup Mohanty
Education
B.Tech Biotechnology
Advisor
Dr. Graham Lau

Daniel Molland

Daniel Molland
Education
D.Phil in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford
Advisor
Dr. Jihua Hao

Javed Akhter Mondal

Javed Akhter Mondal
Education
M.Sc. in Applied Geology from University of Calcutta, India
Advisor
Dr. Jim Cleaves

Mariam Naseem

Mariam Naseem
Education
MBA & BSc Electrical Engineering
Advisor
Dr. Graham Lau

Jéssica Carneiro Oliveira

Jéssica Carneiro Oliveira
Education
Bachelor of Biology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
Advisor
Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra

Urja Parekh

Urja Parekh
Education
Integrated M.Sc. in Biomedical Science, Sunandan Divatia School of Science, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies
Advisor
Dr. Dimitra Atri

Roberto Parisi

Roberto Parisi
Education
Studying Medicine and Surgery, at University of Salerno
Advisor
Dr. Dimitra Atri

Amber Paul

Amber Paul
Education
Ph.D. Molecular Biology
Advisor
Meg Cheng-Campbell

George Profitiliotis

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Education
PhD in Planetary Protection Policy Valuation
Advisor
Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra

Rabeea Rasheed

Rabeea Rasheed
Education
Studying Psychology at the University of Management and Technology
Advisor
Dr. Graham Lau

Taniya Roy

Taniya Roy
Education
Pursuing Master's in Medical Science
Advisor
Dr. Tomasz Zajkowski

Sumana Roy

Sumana Roy
Education
M.Sc. in Applied Geology from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee)
Advisor
Dr. Dimitra Atri

Pinki Santra

Pinki Santra
Education
Master's Degree in Mathematics, specialized in Operation Research
Advisor
Dr. Anindita Das

Navaneel Sarangi

Navaneel Sarangi
Education
Master of Science in Biotechnology
Advisor
Dr. Siddharth Pandey

Serhat Sevgen

Serhat Sevgen
Education
M.Sc. Oceanography (Institute of Marine Sciences, METU)
Advisor
Dr. Sanjoy Som

Reilly Sleater

Reilly Sleater
Education
Bachelor's in Biological Sciences
Advisor
Drs. Jen Blank & Graham Lau

Sarah Treadwell

Sarah Treadwell
Education
B.A. Creative Writing/English
Advisor
Dr. Graham Lau

Aileen (Shu Yeen) Wee

Aileen (Shu Yeen) Wee
Education
B.Sc. (Honours) Biotechnology
Advisor
Dr. Graham Lau