People

Leadership

Jacob Haqq-Misra

Jacob Haqq-Misra
Position
Director of BMSIS / Senior Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Meteorology & Astrobiology, M.B.A.
Research Interests
planetary habitability · atmospheric dynamics · space settlement · technosignatures · environmental ethics
Other
Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder of Blue Marble Space
Location
Clayton, Delaware
Website

Sanjoy Som

Sanjoy Som
Position
CEO of Blue Marble Space / Senior Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Planetary Sciences & Astrobiology
Research Interests
Evolution of air pressure · Co-evolution of Earth and life · Water-rock interactions · Life independent of light · Public outreach
Other
Exobiology research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center
Location
Mountain View, California
Website

Graham Lau

Graham Lau
Position
Communications & Marketing Director / Senior Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Geological Sciences & Astrobiology
Research Interests
astrobiology · geochemistry · Earth system science · philosophy of science fiction · communication studies
Location
Boulder, Colorado
Website

Anamaria Berea

Anamaria Berea
Position
BMSIS Reprsentative / Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Economics & Ph.D. Computational Social Sciences
Research Interests
complex systems · economics · data science · biosignatures · technosignatures · astrobiology
Other
Ronin Institute Scholar; Research Affiliate, Complex Adaptive Systems Lab University of Central Florida; Arch Mission Foundation Advisor; METI International Advisor
Website

Research Scientists

Dimitra Atri

Dimitra Atri
Position
Senior Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Physics
Research Interests
Mars · Exoplanets · Planetary Habitability · Human Spaceflight · Space Weather
Location
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Other
NYU Abu Dhabi
Website

Jennifer Blank

Jennifer Blank
Position
Senior Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Geochemistry
Research Interests
Mars Curiosity mission · biogeochemistry · prebiotic chemistry · experimental petrology and fluid geochemistry · stable isotope geochemistry
Location
Mountain View, California
Other
Senior Researcher in the Division of Space Sciences & Astrobiology at NASA Ames Research Center

Chris Butch

Chris Butch
Position
Senior Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
Research Interests
Nucleic Acids · Biochemistry · Prebiotic Chemistry · Drug Design · Machine Learning
Location
Atlanta, Georgia
Other
Research Fellow at Earth Life Science Institute and Emory University
Website

Henderson (Jim) Cleaves

Henderson "Jim" Cleaves
Position
Senior Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Chemistry & Biochemistry
Research Interests
origins of life · prebiotic chemistry · astrobiology · primitive self-replicating molecules · organic synthesis
Location
Washington, D.C.
Other
Chair and Professor, Department of Chemistry, Howard University
Website

Betul Kacar

Betul Kacar
Position
Senior Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Biomolecular Chemistry
Research Interests
experimental evolution · protein networks · molecular resurrection · systems biology · complex life
Location
Phoenix, AZ
Other
Assistant Professor of Astrobiology at the University of Arizona; Global Science Coordinator, ELSI Origins Network.
Website

Ivan Paulino Lima

Ivan Paulino Lima
Position
Senior Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Biophysics
Research Interests
astrobiology · extremophiles · microbiology · synthetic biology · science communication
Location
Mountain View, California
Other
NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow
Website

Rafael Loureiro

Rafael Loureiro
Position
Senior Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Botany
Research Interests
applied plant physiology · space horticulture · plant pigment and planetary co-evolution · science policy
Location
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Other
Assistant Professor of Botany at Winston-Salem State University

Omer Markovitch

Omer Markovitch
Position
Senior Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Chemistry
Research Interests
origin of life · prebiotic evolution · systems chemistry · water structure and dynamics · computational chemistry
Location
Groningen, The Netherlands
Other
Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Groningen
Website

Shawn McGlynn

Shawn McGlynn
Position
Senior Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Biochemistry
Research Interests
sulfur isotope fractionation · microbial ecophysiology · cell interfaces and electron transfer · metalloproteins · origin of life
Location
Tokyo, Japan
Other
Research Scientist at the Earth-Life Science Institute
Website

Milena Popovic

Milena Popovic
Position
Senior Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Biochemistry
Research Interests
astrobiology · origin of life · RNA world · in vitro evolution · RNA structure and function
Location
Mountain View, California
Other
NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow at NASA Ames

Andro Rios

Andro Rios
Position
Senior Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Chemistry
Research Interests
organic chemistry · prebiotic chemistry · astrobiology · chemical education · metabolic diseases
Location
Mountain View, California
Other
Exobiology Branch at NASA Ames Research Center & Chemistry Lecturer at CSU Monterey Bay
Website

Juan Carlos Chavez

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Position
Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Information Science
Research Interests
Digital Divide · Information Poverty · Indigenous Systems of Knowledge · Indigenous Technologies · Astrobiology and Indigenous Origins of Life

Shiladitya DasSarma

Shiladitya DasSarma
Position
Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Biochemistry
Research Interests
Extremophiles · Astrobiology · Biotechnology · Biomedical Applications · Climate Action
Location
Baltimore, Maryland
Other
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, University System of Maryland, Baltimore, MD USA
Website

Jihua Hao

Jihua Hao
Position
Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Geochemistry
Research Interests
Early Earth surface environments · Origins of life · Habitability of other planetary oceans · Photochemistry under planetary conditions · High temperature and pressure aqueous geochemistry
Location
Hefei, China
Other
Professor, University of Science and Technology of China
Website

Tony Z. Jia

Tony Jia
Position
Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Chemistry
Research Interests
Prebiotic Chemistry · Astrobiology · DNA/RNA Sequencing · Nanomaterials/Self-Assembly · Membraneless Compartments
Location
Tokyo, Japan
Other
Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Website

Cassandra Juran

Cassandra Juran
Position
Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests
Stem Cell Biology · Bioengineering · Mechanotransduction · Single Cell Comics · Regenerative Medicine · Aerospace Physiology
Location
Mountain View, California
Other
NASA Postdoctoral Fellow

Fathi Karouia

Fathi Karouia
Position
Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Biology
Research Interests
Space Biology · Astrobiology · Omics · Space Technologies · Human Spaceflight
Location
San Francisco, CA
Other
NASA Ames Exobiology Branch and Space Research Within Reach
Website

Rakesh Mogul

Rakesh Mogul
Position
Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Biological & Organic Chemistry
Research Interests
extremotolerance · planetary protection · spacecraft-associated microorganisms · biochemistry · lipoxygenase structure & function
Location
Pomona, California
Other
Professor at Cal Poly Pomona & Director of NASA/CSU Spaceward Bound
Website

Scott Perl

Scott Perl
Position
Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Geological Sciences & Geobiology
Research Interests
Astrobiology · Planetary Geology · Geobiology · Mineralogy · Habitability
Location
Pasadena, California, USA
Other
Research Scientist, Geobiology & Astrobiology, Caltech / NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory · Research Affiliate, Mineral Sciences, Los Angeles Natural History Museum
Website

McCullen Sandora

McCullen Sandora
Position
Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Physics
Research Interests
Habitability · Cosmology · Planetary Science · Quantum Field Theory · Data Science
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Daniella Scalice

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Position
Research Investigator
Education
B.S. Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology
Research Interests
astrobiology · STEM outreach · cross-cultural education · science communication
Location
Annapolis, Maryland
Other
Education and Communications Lead for the NASA Astrobiology Program
Website

Svetlana Shkolyar

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Position
Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Geological Sciences
Research Interests
astrobiology · Mars · rover missions · Raman spectroscopy · outreach & communication
Location
Greenbelt, MD
Other
Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, UMD/NASA GSFC/CRESST
Website

Ken Williford

Ken Williford
Position
Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Earth and Space Sciences and Astrobiology
Research Interests
Life beyond Earth · Mars sample return · Co-evolution of Earth and life · Complex systems · Consciousness
Location
Seattle, Washington
Other
Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; Visiting Associate, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology
Website

Tomasz Zajkowski

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Position
Research Investigator
Education
Ph.D. Biochemistry
Research Interests
Origin of life · Prions · Evolution · Synthetic biology · Space microbiology
Location
California, USA
Other
University of Warsaw and Universities Space Research Association
Website

Mark Neyrinck

Mark Neyrinck
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
PhD Astrophysics
Research Interests
Connections between structures and processes on Earth and in space · Cosmology · The cosmic web of galaxies and matter · Field-based interdisciplinary astronomy learning
Location
Colorado
Other
Adjunct Professor, Dept of Physics and Astronomy, University of Denver
Website

Zach Adam

Zach Adam
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Earth Sciences
Research Interests
micropaleontology · Precambrian evolution · complexity · origins of life · ECLSS
Location
Boston, Massachusetts
Other
Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University

Daniel Angerhausen

Daniel Angerhausen
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrophysics
Research Interests
exoplanets · astrobiology · airborne astronomy · mission design · science communication
Location
Bern, Switzerland
Other
Center for Space and Habitability Fellow at the University of Bern
Website

André Antunes

André Antunes
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Biochemistry/Microbiology
Research Interests
Astrobiology · Extremophiles · Microbial Diversity · Microbe-Mineral Interactions · Terrestrial Analogues
Location
Macau, China
Other
Associate Professor and Astrobiology Group Leader, State Key Laboratory of Lunar and Planetary Sciences, Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST)
Website

Arsev Aydinoglu

Arsev Aydinoglu
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Communication & Information Science
Research Interests
interdisciplinary studies · origin of life · science communication · research data management · astrobiology
Location
Ankara, Turkey
Other
Deputy Director & Coordinator for Education at Middle East Technical University
Website

Armando Azua-Bustos

Armando Azua-Bustos
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Research Interests
xerophiles - astrobiology · space research · microbial ecology · extreme environments · science communication
Location
Madrid, Spain
Other
- ResearchScientist, Department of Planetology and Habitability Center of Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA), Madrid, Spain - VisitingScientist, Global Viral, San Francisco, USA. - Visiting Scientist, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Universidad Autónoma de Chile. -TED Fellow2017
Website

Laurie Barge

Laurie Barge
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Geological Sciences
Research Interests
origin of life · prebiotic chemistry · geochemical energetics · electrochemistry · self-organizing structures
Location
Pasadena, California
Other
Research Scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Website

Afshin Beheshti

Afshin Beheshti
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
PhD Biophysics
Research Interests
Space Biology · COVID-19 and Infectious Diseases · Cancer · Mitochondria · miRNAs
Other
COV-IRT, Broad Institute, and NASA Ames Research Center
Website

Celia Blanco

Celia Blanco
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
PhD Physics
Research Interests
Astrobiology · Origins of Life · Molecular Evolution · Prebiotic Chemistry · Bioinformatics
Location
California, USA
Other
University of California, Los Angeles
Website

William Brazelton

Billy Brazelton
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Biological Oceanography and Astrobiology
Research Interests
Marine Microbiology · Subsurface Biosphere · Metagenomes · Horizontal Gene Transfer · Astrobiology
Location
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Other
School of Biological Sciences, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Website

Julia Brodsky

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Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
M.S. Astrophysics
Research Interests
early astrobiology education · astrobiology · cognitive astrobiology · systems thinking in education · questioning in education
Location
Rockville, Maryland, USA
Other
Founder and Lead Curriculum Developer at Art of Inquiry - Online Space Science program for youth
Website

Alice Carron

Alice Carron
Position
Science Communication & Education Affiliate
Education
M.S. Visual Technology
Research Interests
Interdisciplinary Studies · STEM Education and Public Outreach · Tribal Education Advocacy · Documentary Film · Multicultural Collaboration
Location
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Website

Mark Claire

Mark Claire
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrobiology
Research Interests
atmospheric chemistry · science policy · science education · biogeochemistry · planetary habitability
Location
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Other
Academia Survivor, Vinochemist

Julia DeMarines

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Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
M.S. Space Studies
Research Interests
astrobiology · biosignatures · Titan · science communication · astrobiology education
Location
Oakland, California
Other
Science Instructor at Chabot Space & Science Center
Website

Aaron Goldman

Aaron Goldman
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Microbiology
Research Interests
computational biology · astrobiology · bioinformatics · science education · philosophy of science
Location
Oberlin, Ohio
Other
Assistant Professor of Biology at Oberlin College
Website

Natalie Grefenstette

Natalie Grefenstette
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Chemistry
Research Interests
Origins of Life · Astrobiology · Life Detection · Agnostic Biosignatures · Laws and Universal Principles of Biology
Location
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Other
Sante Fe Institute (post doc)
Website

Lev Horodyskyj

Lev Horodyskyj
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Geosciences & Astrobiology
Research Interests
astrobiology · science communication · digital education · soils · planetary habitability
Location
Campinas, Brazil
Website

Afshin Khan

Afshin Khan
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Environmental Science
Research Interests
Astrobiology · Space Biology
Location
Cleveland, Ohio
Other
Postdoctoral Fellow at Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic
Website

Katya (Ekaterina) Khramtsova

Katya (Ekaterina) Khramtsova
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
PhD Molecular Pathogenesis and Molecular Medicine
Research Interests
Genomics · Drug Discovery and Development · Bioethics · Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Healthcare · STEM Education and Outreach
Location
Princeton, NJ
Other
Associate Director Population Analytics and Insights, Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Website

Mike Kubo

Mike Kubo
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
B.S. Chemistry
Research Interests
astrobiology · subsurface biosphere · science education · analytical chemistry · isotopic analysis
Location
Mountain View, California
Other
Lab Manager & Technician at SETI Institute/NASA Ames Research Center
Website

Mike Lee

Mike Lee
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Biology
Research Interests
bioinformatics · microbial ecology · microbial evolution · deep biosphere · space biology
Location
Mountain View, California
Other
NASA Space Biology Fellow
Website

Jeff Marlow

Jeff Marlow
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Geobiology
Research Interests
microbiology · metabolic activity · methane seeps · proteomics · extremophiles
Location
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Other
Assistant Professor of Biology, Boston University
Website

Haritina Mogosanu

Haritina Mogosanu
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
M.S. International Security & M.S. Environmental Management
Research Interests
astrobiology education · planetary protection · international security · cultural astronomy · science communication
Location
Wellington, New Zealand
Other
Biosecurity Risk Analyst at the Ministry for Primary Industries

Siddharth Pandey

Doctor Siddharth Pandey
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Space Systems Engineering
Research Interests
Mars exploration · sample acquisition · in-situ resource utilization · mission design · aerospace engineering
Location
Perth, Australia
Other
Director, Mars Society Australia
Website

Rolando Perez

Rolando Perez
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
PhD Bioengineering
Research Interests
Bioengineering for People and Planetary Health · Space Exploration · Scientific Discovery
Location
NASA Ames Research Center

Carl Pilcher

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

George Profitiliotis

George Profitiliotis
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
PhD in Planetary Protection Policy Valuation
Research Interests
Futures Studies · Technosignatures · Conceptual and Societal Aspects of Astrobiology · Planetary Protection Policy · Monster Theory
Location
Greece
Website

Sukrit Ranjan

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Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrophysics
Research Interests
Early Earth · Prebiotic Chemistry · Atmospheric Biosignatures · Atmospheric Photochemistry · Radiative Transfer
Other
Through 08/31/2020: SCOL Postdoctoral Fellow (EAPS, MIT); Visiting Scholar (CIERA, Northwestern University) ··· From 09/01/2020: CIERA Postdoctoral Fellow (Northwestern University); Visiting Scientist (EAPS, MIT)
Website

Edward “Eddie” Schwieterman

Edward “Eddie” Schwieterman
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrobiology
Research Interests
Astrobiology · Exoplanets · Biosignatures · Spectral Modeling · Science Outreach
Location
Riverside, California
Other
Assistant Professor of Astrobiology at UC Riverside
Website

Lauren Seyler

Lauren Seyler
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Biological Oceanography
Research Interests
microbial ecology · origin of life · exobiology · biological oceanography · geomicrobiology
Location
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Other
Postdoctoral Researcher at Michigan State University
Website

Harrison Smith

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Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
PhD Geological Sciences
Research Interests
Astrobiology · Life Detection · Complex Systems · Origins of Life · Mission Design
Location
Tokyo, Japan
Other
Research Scientist, Earth-Life Science Institute at Tokyo Institute of Technology

Jessica Snyder

Jessica Snyder
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
PhD Mechanical Engineering
Research Interests
Biofabrication on Orbit · Tissue Engineering · Astropharmacy · Directed Evolution
Location
San Francisco, CA
Other
Co-founder / Head of Science of Odyssey SpaceWorks
Website

Marianne Steele

Marianne Steele
Position
Science Communication & Education Affiliate
Education
PhD Physiology/Psychology
Research Interests
Mentoring · Space Science · Outreach and Education to the Community – All Ages · Citizen Science · Teacher Support
Location
San Francisco Bay Area

Marshall Styczinski

Marshall Styczinski
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
PhD Physics
Research Interests
Magnetic Sounding · Planetary Interiors & Geophysics · Spacecraft Data Analysis · Mission Formulation · Astrobiology Education
Location
California, USA
Website

Sarah Treadwell

Sarah Treadwell
Position
Science Communication & Education Affiliate
Education
Current Doctoral Student in Communications
Research Interests
Science Communication · Organizational Communications · New Media and Social Media · Astrobiology · Earth Science
Location
Rockford, Illinois
Website

Eric Wolf

Eric Wolf
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
Research Interests
Planetary Habitability · The Evolution of Planetary Atmospheres · Three-Dimensional Climate Modeling · Radiative Transfer · Scientific Software Development
Location
Colorado
Other
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder — NASA GSFC Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration — NASA NExSS Virtual Planetary Laboratory
Website

Angélica Anglés

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Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
PhD Astrobiology & Planetary Exploration
Research Interests
Astrobiology · Martian analog sites · Extreme environments · Planetary habitability · Public outreach
Location
Hong Kong
Other
State Key Laboratory of Lunar and Planetary Science of Macau, China, SAR (University of Science and Technology of Macau)
Website

Anindita Das

Anindita Das
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Geomicrobiology
Research Interests
Microbial Carbon Sequestration · Serpentinization and allied anaerobic microbial processes · Planetary Habitability and Origin of Life · Sustainability of Ecosystems- the microbial understanding · Microbes geodynamics
Location
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Other
Assistant Teacher at Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission Schools (Barrackpore, Kolkata)
Website

Priya DasSarma

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Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
MS Microbiology
Research Interests
Haloarchaea · Astrobiology · Extremophile Microbiology · Genomics · Education & Outreach
Location
Maryland, USA
Other
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Website

Josh Goldford

Josh Goldford
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Bioinformatics
Research Interests
Origin of life · metabolic evolution · microbial ecology · non-equilibrium thermodynamics · complex systems
Other
Physics of Living Systems Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology · Visiting Scientist, California Institute of Technology
Website

Sasha Alexander Kaurov

Sasha Kaurov
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrophysics
Research Interests
Applied AI · Quantitative Social Science · Public Perceptions of Science · Science Education and Outreach · Immersive Technology
Website

Priscila Lange

Priscila Lange
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Earth Sciences
Research Interests
Oceanography · Phytoplankton Ecology · Harmful Algal Blooms · Remote Sensing · Science Communication
Location
East Boothbay, Maine
Other
Projects funded by NOAA JPSS and CNPq (Brazil)
Website

Dani Leach

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Position
Science Communication & Education Affiliate
Education
MS Space Studies
Research Interests
Astrobiology · K-12 Education and Teacher Outreach · Citizen Science · Science Communication · Earth and Space Science
Other
Lakewood School District, Marysville WA
Website

Liam Longo

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Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D Florida State University
Research Interests
protein evolution · protein · RNA world · liquid-liquid phase separation · evolution of metabolism
Location
Tokyo, Japan
Other
Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Earth Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Website

Noah Randolph-Flagg

Noah Randolph-Flagg
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Earth and Planetary Science
Research Interests
Astrobiology · Hydrothermal Systems · Tectonics · Groundwater Flow · Aqueous Chemistry
Location
NASA Ames Research Center
Other
Lecturer, UC Berkeley; Exobiology research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center
Website

Kirtland Robinson

Dr Kirt Robinson
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
PhD Chemistry
Research Interests
Organic Geochemical Tracers · Prebiotic Chemistry · Planetary Habitability · Geomimicry · Europa Clipper - MASPEX
Other
School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University
Website

Mike Simmons

Mike Simmons with a telescope and stargazers in the background looking at the night's sky
Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Research Interests
Public Outreach and Education in Astronomy · Diversity in STEM
Location
Agoura Hills, California, USA
Other
International Dark-Sky Association Board of Directors · Founding Member of The Overview Institute · International Astronomical Union Working Group on Astronomy for Equity and Inclusion · African Astronomical Society Outreach Committee
Website

Luke Steller

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Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
Ph.D. Astrobiology
Research Interests
Prebiotic Chemistry · Hot Spring Geochemistry · Archean Geology · Astrobiology · Community Engagement
Location
Australia
Website

Aubrey Zerkle

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Position
Affiliate Research Scientist
Education
PhD Geosciences
Research Interests
Earth History · Biogeochemistry · Astrobiology · Planetary Science · Science Communication
Website

Staff Scientists

Richard Barker

Richard Barker
Education
PhD in plant genetics and biosynthesis
Location
Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Kieran Brown

Kieran Brown
Education
BS Microbial Biology
Research Interests
Radiation Biology · Regenerative Medicine · Single-Cell 'Omics · Microbial Biology · Astrobiology
Location
Mountain View, CA
UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory
Website

James Casaletto

James Casaletto
Education
PhD in bioinformatics at UC Santa Cruz
Research Interests
Federated Machine Learning · Causal Inference · Open Science
Location
Santa Cruz, CA
Website

Jennifer Claudio

Jennifer Claudio
Education
MA Natural Sciences, San Jose State University
Location
NASA Ames Research Center

Thomas Dvorochkin

Thomas Dvorochkin
Education
B.S. in Cognitive Science
Research Interests
Cognitive Neuroscience · Data Science/Analytics · Cognition · Deep Learning · User Experience
Location
Milpitas, CA
Website

Kirill Grigorev

Kirill Grigorev
Education
PhD in Systems Biology from Weill Cornell Medicine
Location
New York, USA
Website

Crystal Han

Crystal Han
Education
M.S. Bioinformatics
Research Interests
Bioinformatics · Data Science · Visualizations · Design · Web Development
Location
Milpitas, CA, USA

Jade Nguyen

Jade Nguyen
Education
BS Bioastronautics Engineering, Stanford University
Research Interests
Space Biology · Aerospace Medicine · Space Reproductive Health · Human Spaceflight
Location
San Jose, California, USA
NASA Ames Research Center
Website

Barbara Novak

Barbara Novak
Education
PhD Biological and Medical Informatics
Research Interests
Bioinformatics · Genomics
Location
San Carlos, California, USA
Website

Kira Rienecker

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Education
PhD in Integrative Neuroscience from Cardiff University
Location
NASA Ames Research Center

Alexis Torres

Alexis Torres
Education
MS Bioinformatics
Research Interests
Astrobiology · Bioinformatics · Data Science · Machine Learning · Outreach
Location
San Jose, CA, USA
Website

Connie Tsai

Connie Tsai
Education
Ph.D. Neurosciences
Location
NASA Ames Research Center

Visiting Scholars

Satyam Tiwari

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

Beatriz Akiti

Beatriz Toledo Akiti
Advisor
Dr. Shiladitya DasSarma and Priya DasSarma
Education
Finishing an undergraduate course in Biological Sciences
Research Interests
Astrobiology · Microbiology · Synthetic Biology · Bioinformatics
São Paulo, Brazil
Website

Aarti Balana

Aarti Balana
Advisor
Dr. Fathi Karouia
Education
Masters of Science in Mathematics from Indian Institute of Technology
Research Interests
Computer Vision Deep Learning · Brain Computer Interface-Neurotechnology · Robotics · Perception · Electronic Components
India
Website

Bhargabi Banerjee

Bhargabi Banerjee
Advisor
Dr. Graham Lau
Education
Bachelor's in Technology (Department: Biotechnology)(Final year undergraduate)
Research Interests
Science Communication · Astrobiology · Microbiology · Molecular Biology · Management
Malda, West Bengal, India
Website

Joy Batty

Joy Batty
Advisor
Dr. Jim Cleaves
Education
BA Biology and Science Teaching Credential
Website

Chad Vanden Bosch

Chad Vanden Bosch
Advisor
Dr. Rafael Loureiro
Education
Master's degree of Biology, focus on plant physiology
Website

Alexandre Branco

Alexandre Branco
Advisor
Dr. Henderson (Jim) Cleaves
Education
Master's student in Astrophysics at the University of Lisbon
Research Interests
Planetary Atmosphere Chemistry · Prebiotic Chemistry · Ocean Worlds · Origins of Life · Astrobiology
Lisbon, Portugal
Website

Denys Cherhykalo

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Advisor
Dr. Sasha Kaurov
Education
Currently attaining Master's degree in applied mathematics
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Hamed Chok

Hamed Chok
Advisor
Dr. Fathi Karouia
Education
Master's Degree in Computer Science
Research Interests
AI/ML/Algorithms · Applied Mathematics · Scientific Computing · Space Biology
United States
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Leonardo Marcello Soto Chumpitaz

Leonardo Soto
Advisor
Dr. Shiladitya DasSarma
Education
Bachelor of Science in Biology
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Luke Concollato

Luke Concollato
Advisor
Dr. Rafael Loureiro
Education
MPhys from the University of Oxford
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Payel Das

Payel Das
Advisor
Dr. Angélica Anglés
Education
Currently a final year undergraduate student, majoring in Microbiology
Research Interests
Astromicrobiology · Biogeochemical Cycle · Microbes in Extreme Environments · Biosignatures · Origins of Life
Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Debdatta Das

Debdatta Das
Advisor
Armando Azua-Bustos
Education
Masters Microbiology
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Ilankuzhali Elavarasan

Ilankuzhali Elavarasan
Advisor
Dr. Graham Lau
Education
B.Tech Aerospace Engineering
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Bora Eralp

Bora Eralp
Advisor
Dr. Shiladitya DasSarma and Priya DasSarma
Education
Undergraduate student in Molecular Biology and Genetics at Bogazici University, Turkey
Research Interests
Phylogeny · Evolution · Haloarchean
Istanbul, Turkey
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Ali Ergül

Ali Ergül
Advisor
Dr. Celia Blanco
Education
Currently an undergraduate student majoring in Molecular Biology & Genetics at Boğaziçi University
Research Interests
The Origin of Biological Homochirality
İstanbul, Turkey
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Julia Esposito

Julia Esposito
Advisor
Dr. Henderson (Jim) Cleaves
Education
Bachelor's of Arts in Physics and Astronomy with a Biological Concentration
Research Interests
Exoplanets · Prebiotic Chemistry · Origins of Life · Habitability · Data Science
Philadelphia, PA
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Danna Camila Jaimes Fajardo

Danna Camila Jaimes Fajardo
Advisor
Dr. Sanjoy Som
Education
Undergrad geology student
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Dionysios Gakis

Dionysis Gakis
Advisor
Dr. Dimitra Atri
Education
Undergraduate physics student
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Giane Galhard

Giane Mayumi Galhard
Advisor
Dr. Lev Horodyskyj
Education
Information Systems Bachelor's student at University of São Paulo (Brazil)
Research Interests
Web Development · IoT · Technology in Space
São Paulo, Brazil
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Eduardo Alejandro Lozano Garcia

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

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

Amira Gomaa

Amira Mohamed Gomaa
Advisor
Dr. Tomasz Zajkowski
Education
Bachelor of Science
Research Interests
Evolution · Genetics · Ecology · Neuroscience.
Cairo, Egypt
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Ruvan de Graaf

Ruvan de Graaf
Advisor
Dr. Shawn McGlynn
Education
First year, M.Phil in Human Ecology
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Rajat Bhushan Gupta

Rajat Bhushan Gupta
Advisor
Dr. Graham Lau
Education
Current Masters of Biology of Extreme Environments specializing in Astrobiology at the University of Naples Federico II, Napoli, Italy
Research Interests
Extremophiles · Metabolic Pathways · Early Earth Environments · Biomineralization · Science Communication
Italy
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Kashish Gupta

Kashish Gupta
Advisor
Dr. Tony Jia
Education
Currently working on Master's in Biochemistry.
Research Interests
Origins of Life · Life Detection · Prebiotic Chemistry · Molecular Evolution · Geobiology.
Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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Sara Humphrey

Sara Humphrey
Advisor
Dr. Rafael Loureiro
Education
Soon beginning Masters
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Anushka Iyer

Anushka Iyer
Advisor
Dr. Shiladitya DasSarma and Priya DasSarma
Education
Currently in the 3rd year of my bachelor's degree in Biotechnology
Research Interests
Astrobiology · Geology · Biochemistry · Bioinformatics · Molecular Biology
Mumbai, India

Devansh Jain

Devansh Jain
Advisor
Dr. Henderson (Jim) Cleaves
Education
Undergrad in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Technology with Minor in Mathematics and Computing
Research Interests
Computational Biology · Bioinformatics · Machine Learning · Genomics
India
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Fernanda Jamel

Fernanda Jamel
Advisor
Dr. Milena Popovic
Education
PhD Student in Geomicrobiology
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Aadya Jha

Aadya Jha
Advisor
Dr. Anindita Das
Education
Masters in Science
Research Interests
Ecology · Evolution · Geoinformatics
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Other
Research Scholar at Kalyani University

Caner Karabaşoğlu

Caner Karabaşoğlu
Advisor
Dr. Celia Blanco
Education
Bachelor Sciences' Degree on Molecular Biology and Genetics From Yildiz technical University
Research Interests
Origins of Life · Encapsulation of Genetic Code · Protocells · RNA World · Prebiotic Chemistry
Istanbul, Turkey
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Gülay Kaya

Gülay Kaya
Advisor
Dr. Shiladitya DasSarma and Priya DasSarma
Education
Junior Molecular Biology and Genetic Student
Research Interests
Phylogeny · Evolution · Haloarchea · Astrobiology
Istanbul, Turkey
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Aram Khoshnaw

Aram Rafiq Khoshnaw
Advisor
Dr. Shiladitya DasSarma and Priya DasSarma
Education
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Research Interests
Microbial Evolution and Genomics · Bacteria · Archaea · Space Microbiology
Slemani, Iraqi Kurdistan
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Taeyeon Kim

Taeyeon Kim
Advisor
Dr. Jen Blank
Education
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Ryan Kirby

Ryan Kirby
Advisor
Drs. Jen Blank & Graham Lau
Education
B.A. Physics
Research Interests
Science Communication · Education · Outreach
Greater Boston Area, Massachusetts
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Jon Lima-Zaloumis

Jon Lima-Zaloumis at the Louvre in France
Advisor
Dr. Jen Blank
Education
PhD in Geological Science
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Bernard Isaiah Lo

Bernard Isaiah Lo,
Advisor
Dr. Shiladitya DasSarma and Priya DasSarma
Education
BSc in Chemistry
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Jake Lowe

Jake Lowe
Advisor
Dr. Shawn McGlynn
Education
Master’s student in the Biology of Extreme Environments program at University of Naples, Federico II
Research Interests
Extremophilic Organisms · Co-evolution of Earth and Life · Prebiotic Chemistry · Ocean Worlds
Naples, Italy
Other
Visiting Researcher at the Earth-Life Science Institute
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Dolly Manic

Dolly Manic
Advisor
Dr. Priscila Kienteca Lange
Education
Bachelor's in Biology from the University of the Philippines
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Anurup Mohanty

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

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

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

Disha Mukherjee
Advisor
Dr. Angélica Anglés
Education
Currently pursuing Integrated MSc degree
Research Interests
T Cell Biology · DNA & RNA · Virology · Epigenetics
India

Shivani Muthineni

Shivani Muthineni
Advisor
Dr. Angélica Anglés
Education
Bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Chemistry and Zoology
Research Interests
Extremophiles- Exobiology- Origin of Life Prebiotic Chemistry- Geo microbiology
Hyderabad, India
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Mariam Naseem

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

Róża Okoń
Advisor
Dr. Henderson (Jim) Cleaves
Education
Currently European International Master's Studies in Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Barcelona
Research Interests
Photochemistry · Computational Chemistry · Photobiology
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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Lorraine Oliveira

Lorraine Oliveira
Advisor
Dr. Fathi Karouia
Education
Undergraduate Student in Sciences, Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP)
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Fatima Omar

Fatima Omar
Advisor
Drs. Henderson (Jim) Cleaves & McCullen Sandora
Education
Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Physics and Astrophysics
Research Interests
Physics · Astronomy · Astrobiology · Exoplanets · SETI
Manchester, UK
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Jonathan Oribello

Jonathan Oribello
Advisor
Dr. Lev Horodyskyj
Education
M.S. Bioinformatics
Research Interests
Bioinformatics · Data Analysis & Visualization
Santa Clara, California, USA

Dorcas Oseni

Dorcas Oseni
Advisor
Daniella Scalice
Education
Masters Student of Space Geophysics
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Sibsankar Palit

Sibsankar Palit
Advisor
Dr. Graham Lau
Education
Currently 3rd year of Bachelor of Science Honours Chemistry
Research Interests
Astrobiology · Chemistry · Biosignatures · Space Mission Design · Space Studies
Barasat, West Bengal, India
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Divya Patel

Divya Patel
Advisor
Dr. Tony Jia
Education
BSc. Honours Mathematics & Computer Science, BA. Economics

Christopher Patterson

Christopher Patterson
Advisor
Dr. Jen Blank
Education
M.Sc Candidate (University of Guelph Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility)
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Amber Paul

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

Meri Herrero
Advisor
Dr. Sanjoy Som
Education
PhD student in the field of prebiotic chemistry
Research Interests
Prebiotic Chemistry · Origins of Life · Biogeochemistry · Science Communication · Education
Troy, NY, USA
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Arunava Poddar

Arunava Poddar
Advisor
Dr. Tony Jia
Education
Masters in Environmental Contamination and Toxicology under the Erasmus Mundus Program
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Sriya Pothapragada

Sriya Pothapragada
Advisor
Dr. Celia Blanco
Education
B.S. in Bioengineering. Currently a Genetics Ph.D. student at Clemson University
Research Interests
Evolutionary Genomics · Adaptation · Biophysics
Clemson, South Carolina
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Nikhil Pradeep

Nikhil Pradeep
Advisor
Dr. Fathi Karouia
Education
BS-MS (Research) in Biological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
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Miguel Luiz Puga

Miguel Luiz Puga
Advisor
Dr. Lev Horodyskyj
Education
Undergraduate student of Information Systems at the University of São Paulo (Brazil).
Research Interests
Biotechnology · Gamification · Space Biology
São Paulo, SP, Brazil
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Rabeea Rasheed

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

Rafael Rianço-Silva
Advisor
Dr. Jim Cleaves
Education
Master Student in Astrophysics at the University of Lisbon and Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço
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Taniya Roy

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

Profile of Juan Alberto Ruiz
Advisor
Drs. Graham Lau and Thilina Heenatigala
Education
Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences
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Nived Santhosh

Nived Santhosh
Advisor
Dr. Fathi Karouia
Education
MS Biology
Research Interests
Ecology & Evolution · Space Biology · Life in Extreme Environments · Microbiology · Omics
Mumbai, India
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Navaneel Sarangi

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

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

Vinayak Shastri
Advisor
Dr. Mark Claire
Education
Currently pursuing PhD - Planetary Sciences, The Open University (UK)
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Annie Shelton

Annie Shelton
Advisor
Dr. Rafael Loureiro
Education
BS in Neuroscience with a minor in Plant Biology from the University of California, Riverside
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Leonardo Macedo Pereira da Silva

Leonardo Macedo
Advisor
Dr. Lev Horodyskyj
Education
Undergraduate Student
Research Interests
Data Analysis · Programming · Education · E-learning · Technology · Astrobiology
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Reilly Sleater

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

Allison Tee
Advisor
Dr. Celia Blanco
Education
Undergraduate junior at Stanford University studying math and computer science
Research Interests
Computer Science · Biocomputation · Neurocomputation · Machine Learning
San Francisco Bay Area, CA
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Sebastián Alejandro Valencia Meza

Sebastián Alejandro Valencia Meza
Advisor
Dr. Angélica Anglés
Education
BS Biology
Research Interests
Astrobiology · Biogeology · Physics and Analytical Chemistry
Hermosillo, Sonora
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Ishita Verma

Ishita Verma
Advisor
Dr. Shiladitya DasSarma and Priya DasSarma
Education
BTech in Biotechnology (Currently 3rd year undergraduate)
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Omar Wanis

Omar Wanis
Advisor
Dr. Graham Lau
Education
B.Sc. in Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering
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