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Research Scientists

Dimitra Atri

Dimitra Atri
Senior Research Investigator
Ph.D. Physics
exoplanets · space weather · cosmic rays · astrobiology · habitability
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

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

Afshin Khan

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

Graham Lau

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

Ivan Paulino Lima

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

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 Z. 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

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

Brendan Mullan

Brendan Mullan
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrophysics
STEM education · Fermi Paradox · extragalactic astronomy · astrophysics · astrobiology
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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.

Rebecca Thombre

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Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Microbiology
Microbiology · Extremophiles · Astrobiology · Biomedical Sciences · Science Communication
United Kingdom

Parag Vaishampayan

Parag Vaishampayan
Affiliate Research Scientist
Ph.D. Microbiology
astrobiology · extreme environments · planetary protection · bioinformatics · microbial diversity
Pasadena, California

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

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

Tomasz Zajkowski

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

Postdoctoral Researchers

Liam Longo

Liam Longo
Advisor
Dr. Shawn McGlynn

Visiting Scholars

Satyam Tiwari

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

Richard Herts

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Education
MSc Ecology, Environmental Security & MSc Public Policy, Space Policy
Advisor
Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra

Ayşe Meriç

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

George Profitiliotis

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

Sarah Treadwell

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