People

Zach Adam

Education: Ph.D. Earth Sciences (Montana State University 2014)
Research Interests: micropaleontology · Precambrian evolution · complexity · origins of life · ECLSS
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Other appointments: Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University
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Rika Anderson

Education: Ph.D. Oceanography & Astrobiology (University of Washington 2013)
Research Interests: astrobiology · microbial evolution · microbial ecology · origin of life · science education
Location: Urbana, Illinois
Other appointments: NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow with the NASA Astrobiology Institute
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Dimitra Atri

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

Education: Ph.D. Communication & Information Science (University of Tennessee 2011)
Research Interests: interdisciplinary studies · origin of life · science communication · research data management · astrobiology
Location: Ankara, Turkey
Other appointments: Deputy Director & Coordinator for Education at Middle East Technical University
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Armando Azua-Bustos

Education: Ph.D. Molecular Genetics & Microbiology (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 2013)
Research Interests: desert microbial ecology · extreme environments · science communication · water and life · shadow biosphere
Location: Santiago, Chile
Other appointments: Scientific Advisor to the Senate of Chile
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Laurie Barge

Education: Ph.D. Geological Sciences (University of Southern California 2009)
Research Interests: origin of life · prebiotic chemistry · geochemical energetics · electrochemistry · self-organizing structures
Location: Pasadena, California
Other appointments: NASA Astrobiology Institute Postdoctoral Fellow with JPL Icy Worlds Team
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Tony Barrett

Education: Ph.D. Engineering & Public Policy (Carnegie Mellon University 2009)
Research Interests: risk analysis · mathematical modeling · nuclear security · human extinction · terrorism analysis
Location: Arlington, Virgina
Other appointments: Nuclear Security Fellow at RAND Corporation
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Seth Baum

Education: Ph.D. Geography (Pennsylvania State University 2012)
Research Interests: applied ethics · environmental policy · risk analysis · human extinction · climate change
Location: New York, New York
Other appointments: Executive Director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute
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Jennifer Blank

Education: Ph.D. Geochemistry (California Institute of Technology 1993)
Research Interests: Mars Curiosity mission · biogeochemistry · prebiotic chemistry · experimental petrology and fluid geochemistry · stable isotope geochemistry
Location: Mountain View, California
Other appointments: Senior Researcher in the Division of Space Sciences & Astrobiology at NASA Ames Research Center

Jeff Bowman

Education: Ph.D. Oceanography & Astrobiology (University of Washington 2014)
Research Interests: microbial evolution/genetics · microbial survival · biosphere/geosphere co-evolution ·
environmental sequencing · high performance computing
Location: Palisades, New York
Other appointments: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
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Michael Busch

Education: Ph.D. Planetary Science (California Institute of Technology 2010)
Research Interests: asteroids · radar · radio astronomy · spacecraft mission planning · SETI
Location: Mountain View, California
Other appointments: Research Scientist at SETI Institute

Michael Ceballos

Education: Ph.D. Microbiology & Biochemistry (University of Montana 2010)
Research Interests: virus-host co-evolution · biofuels · sustainable habitats · neuroscience · phycology
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Other appointments: Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas & Co-Director of the NASA Minority Institute Astrobiology Collaborative (MIAC)
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Mark Claire

Education: Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrobiology (University of Washington 2008)
Research Interests: atmospheric chemistry · science policy · science education · biogeochemistry · planetary habitability
Location: St. Andrews, U.K.
Other appointments: Research Fellow at University of St Andrews
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Henderson (Jim) Cleaves

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

Education: M.S. Space Studies (International Space University 2011)
Research Interests: astrobiology · biosignatures · Titan · science communication · astrobiology education
Location: Oakland, California
Other appointments: Science Instructor at Chabot Space & Science Center
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Aaron Goldman

Education: Ph.D. Microbiology (University of Washington 2010)
Research Interests: computational biology · astrobiology · bioinformatics · science education · philosophy of science
Location: Oberlin, Ohio
Other appointments: Assistant Professor of Biology at Oberlin College
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Jacob Haqq-Misra

Education: Ph.D. Meteorology & Astrobiology (Pennsylvania State University 2010)
Research Interests: planetary habitability · atmospheric dynamics · climate modeling · SETI · environmental ethics
Location: Clayton, Delaware
Other appointments: Contributing Editor at Earth Magazine
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Craig Hardgrove

Education: Ph.D. Geology (University of Tennessee 2011)
Research Interests: Mars rover instrumentation · geomorphology · spectroscopy · geochemistry · commercial/academic partnerships
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Other appointments: Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Arizona State University
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Steve Hsu

Education: M.D./Ph.D. Molecular Pharmacology (Albert Einstein College of Medicine 1992)
Research Interests: disruptive biotech/biopharm · health equity · scalability/sustainability · space radiation exposure · drug delivery in space
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Other appointments: CEO/CSO of Prometheon Pharma LLC & Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator at University of Florida
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Heshan “Grasshopper” Illangkoon

Education: Ph.D. Biochemistry (University of Florida 2010)
Research Interests: synthetic biology · organic chemistry · molecular evolution · prebiotic chemistry · astrobiology education
Location: Gainesville, Florida
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Betul Kacar

Education: Ph.D. Biomolecular Chemistry (Emory University 2010)
Research Interests: experimental evolution · protein networks · molecular resurrection · systems biology · complex life
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Other appointments: Associate Group Leader at Harvard University & Global Science Coordinator, ELSI Origins Network
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Afshin Khan

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

Education: Ph.D. Physics (Louisiana State University 2006)
Research Interests: extrasolar planets · habitable zones · exoplanet characterization · planetary architecture · SETI
Location: College Park, Maryland
Other appointments: Research Associate at University of Maryland
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Mike Kubo

Education: B.S. Chemistry (University of California 1999)
Research Interests: astrobiology · subsurface biosphere · science education · analytical chemistry · isotopic analysis
Location: Mountain View, California
Other appointments: Lab Manager & Technician at SETI Institute/NASA Ames Research Center
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Ivan Paulino Lima

Education: Ph.D. Biophysics (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro 2010)
Research Interests: astrobiology · extremophiles · microbiology · synthetic biology · science communication
Location: Mountain View, California
Other appointments: NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow
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Jeff Marlow

Education: Ph.D. Geobiology (CalTech 2015)
Research Interests: microbiology · metabolic activity · methane seeps · proteomics · extremophiles
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Other appointments: Postdoctoral Scholar at Harvard University & Contributing Writer at Discover Magazine
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Shawn McGlynn

Education: Ph.D. Biochemistry (Montana State University 2010)
Research Interests: sulfur isotope fractionation · microbial ecophysiology · cell interfaces and electron transfer · metalloproteins · origin of life
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Other appointments: Research Scientist at the Earth-Life Science Institute
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Haritina Mogosanu

Education: M.S. Environmental Management (University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine – Bucharest 1997)
Research Interests: astrobiology education · planetary protection · international security · cultural astronomy · science communication
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Other appointments: Biosecurity Risk Analyst at the Ministry for Primary Industries
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Rakesh Mogul

Education: Ph.D. Biological & Organic Chemistry (UC Davis 1998)
Research Interests: extremotolerance · planetary protection · spacecraft-associated microorganisms · biochemistry · lipoxygenase structure & function
Location: Pomona, California
Other appointments: Professor at Cal Poly Pomona & Director of NASA/CSU Spaceward Bound
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Brendan Mullan

Education: Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrophysics (Pennsylvania State University 2013)
Research Interests: STEM education · Fermi Paradox · extragalactic astronomy · astrophysics · astrobiology
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Other appointments: Director of the Buhl Planetarium and Observatory at the Carnegie Science Center & National Geographic Emerging Explorer
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Preeti Nema

Education: Ph.D. Microbiology (University of Pune 2013)
Research Interests: abiotic stress responses · extremophiles · origin of life · astrobiology · science popularization
Location: Pune, India
Other appointments: Freelance science communicator & educator
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Mrina Nikrad

Education: Ph.D. Marine Science (University of Delaware 2013)
Research Interests: extremophile metabolism · microbial ecology · origin of life · human space exploration · science communication
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Other appointments: Scientist in Molecular Technology at Seres Therapeutics
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Siddharth Pandey

Education: M.S. Space Systems Engineering (Delft University of Technology 2014)
Research Interests: Mars exploration · sample acquisition · in-situ resource utilization · mission design · aerospace engineering
Location: Canberra, Australia
Other appointments: Ph.D. candidate at University of New South Wales

Carl Pilcher

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

Milena Popovic

Education: Ph.D. Biochemistry (Florida State University 2012)
Research Interests: astrobiology · origin of life · RNA world · in vitro evolution · RNA structure and function
Location: Mountain View, California
Other appointments: NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow at NASA Ames
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Andro Rios

Education: Ph.D. Chemistry (University of California San Diego 2012)
Research Interests: organic chemistry · prebiotic chemistry · astrobiology · chemical evolution · metabolic diseases
Location: Mountain View, California
Other appointments: Exobiology Branch at NASA Ames Research Center & Chemistry Lecturer at CSU Monterey Bay
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Lauren Seyler

Education: Ph.D. Biological Oceanography (Rutgers University 2015)
Research Interests: microbial ecology · origin of life · exobiology · biological oceanography · geomicrobiology
Location: East Lansing, Michigan
Other appointments: Postdoctoral Researcher at Michigan State University
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Sanjoy Som

Education: Ph.D. Planetary Sciences & Astrobiology (University of Washington 2010) and Stanford Ignite (Stanford Graduate School of Business 2012)
Research Interests: atmospheric geology · geomorphology · aqueous geochemistry · bioenergetics · astrobiology education
Location: Mountain View, California
Other appointments: Exobiology research scientist & Flight Systems Implementation engineer at NASA Ames Research Center
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Edward “Eddie” Schwieterman

Education: M.S. Astronomy (University of Washington 2011)
Research Interests: astrobiology · exoplanets · biosignatures · spectral modeling · science education
Location: Seattle, Washington
Other appointments: Ph.D. candidate in astronomy and astrobiology at University of Washington
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Parag Vaishampayan

Education: Ph.D. Microbiology (University of Pune 2005)
Research Interests: astrobiology · extreme environments · planetary protection · bioinformatics · microbial diversity
Location: Pasadena, California
Other appointments: Scientist at JPL/NASA & Founder/CTO of Gsolutions Biosciences LLC
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Sara Imari Walker

Education: Ph.D. Physics & Astronomy (Dartmouth College 2010)
Research Interests: origins of life · cosmology · computer modeling · complex systems · astrobiology education
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Other appointments: Assistant Professor at Arizona State University
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