Please introduce yourself, where you are from, and a little bit about you. 

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Hi everyone! 

I'm Sara, and I am currently a astrobiology postdoc at Arizona State University where I study the origin of life (which is a heck of a lot of fun!). 

I am excited to be a member of S.A.G.A.N. and to see so many people actively engaged in this community as we embark on this endeavor. I am looking forward to collaborating on some exciting education and outreach projects together!


I'm Andrew and I'm from British Gibraltar, Southern Iberia, Europe.  I'm doing an open degree with the UK Open University hoping to specialise in Human Ecology from a planetary perspective, including outer space.  Human ecology includes large urbanisations, wild and cultivated green areas, social culture and the technology to keep it all functioning including  satellites or spacecraft.  I am currently doing a course this year entitled Engineering The Future.

My interests include making the Earth peacefully self sustainable and creating self sustainable habitats on other worlds or other outer space locations to as much of  degree as possible.  I absolutely adore nature, especially botany and social issues such as equal rights for both sexes.   I tell people that a truly scientifically objective mind is asexual in that women have the same ability to learn from information as men, evident in exam results.  Healthy subjectivity is another matter.

 I like hanging out with like minded people because even if there is such a thing as personal individual innovation (which must be credited), two constructive minds or more are better than one

Hey Saganistas,

I'm Sanjoy, I'm a postdoc at NASA Ames in California, working at the intersection of geology and biology from a thermodynamic perspective. S.A.G.A.N. is a way for me to keep in touch with the brightest minds I know who are at the same time some of my best friends. One of my passions in science is communicating it (the passion and the science) to the public, and this platform will make this task easier and more effective! I'm looking forward to sharing thoughts with you all.

- Cheers

Greetings! My name is Johanna, and I am an astronomy PhD student at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, went to college in Washington, DC (which I dearly miss!), and so far have come to love the desert...except for ~mid-May to mid-September, when it bears an uncanny resemblance to an oven. My science research focuses on exoplanet atmospheres and how similar/dissimilar they are chemically to their host stars; this is connected to exoplanet formation, evolution (e.g., gas-mass loss to their host star or atmosphere mixing), and determining around which stars we are most likely to find habitable planets. I also dabble in education research with the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) here at UA, focusing on how students integrate science into their worldview and what role this plays in their learning, understanding, and appreciation of science. I love to/often do engage with students and community members in less-formal-than-the-classroom settings, and am also interested in what careers beyond academia are open to scientists. 

Greetings Earthlings, 

I'm Svet. I can echo what Sara and Sanjoy have already said. I'm happy to be a part of this community because I am also interested in inspiring the next generation of explorers and discoverers, and at the same time, being a part of this community of creative, daring thinkers who are taking not only science, but collaboration, idea sharing, outreach, entrepreneurship, and of course, astrobiology, to the next level!  I think  this platform will be an excellent way to spread ideas, advertisements, get help, ask random questions and entertain crazy responses, and engage in some pretty out-there ideas together!  I think this is the future and where all science and collaboration should head.  See you all there, haha. :)

Hi all,

I'm Angelo and I just joined this community. I have a mixed background both as a scientist and a visual artist. I studied biology at the University of Leuven in Belgium, and did a PhD on biomonitoring and environmental pollution. I studied photography, and consequently did a post-grad at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. About 10 years ago I decided to blend things and started making 'bioart', art installations in which living organisms and ecological processes take center stage. This eventually led me to collaborating with the MELiSSA biological life support unit of ESA. Currently I'm working on a new PhD on space habitation at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. It's an art and technology PhD which means that I get to approach the challenge of future space settlement from multiple angles: art, design, ethics, and engineering.

Recently I've been selected as one of the 6 crew members for HI-SEAS, a NASA-funded Mars mission simulation on lava fields in Hawaii. The mission is scheduled for March 2013, will take 120 days, and is coordinated by Cornell and the University of Hawaii.

I'm a TED Fellow, and a Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design Fellow at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC. I'm also part-time faculty at Sint-Lucas Visual Arts in Ghent, Belgium.

Here's an interview on the TED Blog with more details about my interests and research: And here's a portfolio of recent (space-inspired) art projects:

Looking forward to connect with you all, and learn from you! I'm also interested in setting up art/science collaborations. So if you have an idea, drop me a line.

Hi everyone, 

I'm Leila.  I've just finished my DPhil at the University of Oxford in England, in Proterozoic micropalaeontology, and I'm currently at NASA Ames for a couple of months working with Brad and Lee Bebout on mineralising mat systems.  

My academic interests so far have included organic walled microfossils and microbial induced sedimentary structures from the Meso and Neoproterozoic (2000-540 Ma), as well as astrobiological implications and applications for what we learn from the ancient Earth.  Every aspect of astrobiology fascinates me, and I'm delighted to be part of such a young, fast moving community.

I'm passionate about all kinds of science, and am an active science communicator.  I've worked with the BBC and freelanced for other British news agencies, and love to bring the amazing cutting edge science that we're doing to the public who ultimately pay for it.  

Hi I'm Lauren, and I'm a 5th year graduate student at Renssealer Polytechnic Institute ( RPI) in the Capitol District of Upstate New York.

I have been working on analytical techniques to analyze RNA polymers. I have also been investigating some interesting fascinating material properties of reagents related to the Banine process for abiotic, montmorillonite clay catalyzed, RNA polymerization. AMA

I would love to organize more journal clubs between universities and help foster better communication among scientists of different fields. 


I was born with the name Julia DeMarines..and usually go by that... but recently have picked up the nickname 'Teaspoon'. 

Anyways, I am currently working as a research assistant to the curator of Astrobiology (David Grinspoon) at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. I wish I had a simple answer for what my job entails, but it reaches so many corners of astrobiology and the education/public outreach of astrobiology that I wouldn't even know where to begin! 

I have an undergrad in Astronomy/Geology from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Space Studies from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. I have many interests within Astrobiology, but one of the things that gets me most excited is the potential of the SAGAN community as a way to bring together like minded people to make a positive impact on the world. Wether it be collaborating to advance the field and chip away at important questions, or sharing the awesomeness of astrobiology with those who normally don't have much exposure to it...or something in between..  I'm completely psyched to be here. I look forward to evolving with you all.. because I believe that this "sum" is truly bigger than it's parts :) ¡Viva la SAGANet!

:) - Teaspoon


My name is Shannon and I'm a 5th year grad student at the Colorado School of Mines working on the fossilization of microbes in Yellowstone (the process and history of silicification in a hot spring).

I'm originally from all up and down the west coast, but I went to high school north of Seattle (Everett/Bellingham). I got a B.A. in geology from Bryn Mawr College outside of Philadelphia, where I had the opportunity to study a broad range of disciplines (both within science and beyond), allowing me to pursue my bazillion unrelated interests. I also had the opportunity to work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where I studied gas hydrates in a 72-liter high pressure vessel that simulates the seafloor. Pretty neato.

I love travel, food, baking!, volleyball, languages, typefaces, reading (right now I'm in a scifi rut--but a very delicious one at that), learning new things, long walks on the beach . . . .

I look forward to meeting all of you virtually and in person, and I'm always looking for productive collaborative relationships. Happy astrobiology-ing!

Hello. I'm Mark and I very recently started working for NASA as a research scientist at Ames Research Center. My background is in RNA biochemistry. I was a postdoc at the U. of Missouri working on understanding in vitro selection of functional nucleic acids and before that a graduate student at the U. of Michigan investigating RNA folding and conformational dynamics. I am interested in understanding the origin and early evolution of life with a focus on the role of RNA. I am also interested in understanding the general principles of how life arises.  As part of my new position I am also searching for a postdoc if anyone in SAGAN land is interested.  

Hello All!

My name is Mike. I am a bio undergrad out of NJ and currently interning with NASA at Ames in California. I'm in the process of applying to graduate schools for micro/molecular biology and I am particularly interested in deep-sea hydrothermal systems and the sub-seafloor biosphere. I don't know enough at this point to know exactly what I'd like to study, but in a broad sense I'm interested in anything on the microbial ecology of these systems – nutrient cycling, limiting nutrients, archaeal biogeographic distribution, symbiotic relationships, etc., or any divergence into the world of biogeochemistry. I am also fascinated with psychrophiles and their ability to directly manipulate their local environment to better suit them. Pretty much anything that continues to force us to alter the parameters we futilely try so hard to impose upon life. I'm grateful to to be a part of such an incredible community!

Thanks, S.A.G.A.N. !!



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