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

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I'm Colleen, and I'm an undergraduate in community college with plans to get into the Earth and Planetary Science college in UC Berkeley in two years.

I'm excited to become a part of this group, and hope to turn from a mentee to a mentor as years pass. I especially want to take part in education and outreach projects to help bring astrobiology to my community.

Welcome Colleen!

Wonderful to have you onboard! Welcome!

Hello people of the net.

I'm Alexander, a recent graduate of Boston University's biology program and aspiring astrobiologist.
I am currently a middle school science teacher outside of Providence Rhode Island on the east coast of the USA. I am also entrenched in an attempt to find a graduate program anywhere in the world in something akin to microbial biogeochemistry specifically with relevance to extremophiles.

I'm stoked that SAGANet exists as it seems a superb resource to connect people all over the world with similar interests in a subject whose enthusiasts are so scattered in space and discipline.

I hope my presence here will help me connect with enthusiasts and professionals in the field who could lend some wisdom or suggest possible avenues to pursue or even just share a passion for all things science.

Welcome Alex!

Welcome! Glad to have you onboard! 


My name is Lisa. I'm a new grad student at the University of Kentucky working on a Ph.D. in Biology, and a research assistant in a lab studying genomics and gene recombination. I have a B.S. in physics from the U.S. Military Academy (graduated in 2010) and in the meantime have worked random jobs, to include being in the Army, working as a librarian, writing fiction, and teaching basic astronomy at Eastern Kentucky University for a year and half. 

I hope one day to get into research involving the origins of life and conditions of its development as it might apply to the various types of atmospheres and conditions that might exist elsewhere. I've spent much of the day looking up the best sources of information for astrobiology conferences and opportunities, and I'm really glad I found this community. I'd love to meet and network with others who have similar aspirations, so please don't hesitate to contact me!

As for non-sciency introductions...I sing constantly (and horribly) and am an aspiring author as well as astrobiologist. I was a competitive gymnast for a while, and love rock-climbing, racquetball and tennis, but I also have heart issues so I'm not able to play as much as I used to. I love animals obsessively and my two kittens (Tesla and Tardis) are more spoiled than most children.

Anyway, feel free to talk to me, can't wait to get involved in the community here!

Hi Lisa, welcome to SAGANet! I think you'll find loads of folks with similar interests here. We also welcome suggestions for the website to make sure it meets your needs! - cheers


Hi, I am Teresa Fornaro, a second year PhD student in Physical Chemistry at Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (Italy) in collaboration with the INAF-Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri, and new ISSOL Student Councillor. I am involved in an Astrobiology research concerning computational and experimental spectroscopic studies on interactions of astrobiologically relevant molecules with minerals under space conditions. I have experience also in the development of liquid extraction protocols of biomarkers adsorbed on minerals for sample return space missions and in situ biosensor-based life detection technologies. My main interests concern studies on the physical and chemical phenomena occurring when biomolecules interact with minerals in plausible prebiotic environments, to investigate the role of minerals in the origin of life, detection of biomolecules in extraterrestrial environments, molecular photochemistry in space conditions. 

I am very happy to take part in SAGANET community! I think it is a very effective way to share our knowledge and experience in order to develop a common language in such a multidisciplinary field! :-)

Benvenuto Teresa! Welcome to SAGANet! We hope you find a lot of fun opportunities here to share your knowledge and learn a lot too! For example, you could start a SAGANet group for Italians and share local news and events there too!

Thank you! It is a very good idea! I will do it for sure :-)



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