Kunmanee Bubphamanee

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Science
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with Geology major and Astronomy minor. For my past experience, I…

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Yuk Chun Chan

Graduate Student, Atmospheric Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

Habitability & Life In the Solar System: Mars
Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


Yuk Chun is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and is working with Professor Becky Alexander…

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Danqiu Chen

Graduate Student, Earth and Space Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


My astrobiology research areas: Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth I graduated with a B.S. in geochemistry from Peking…

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Miles Currie

Graduate Student, Astronomy
Dual-Title PhD

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


I am a graduate student in astronomy and astrobiology working with Vikki Meadows. My research interests include using high-resolution spectroscopy…

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Hector Delgado-Diaz

Graduate Student, Astronomy
Dual-Title PhD

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


Hector Received his BS in Natural Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, Cayeyand his MS in Physics from California…

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Autum Downey

Graduate Student, Earth and Space Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures
Education & Outreach


My astrobiology research areas: geomicrobiology, extremophiles, aqueous chemistry, trace metal cycling, surface chemistry BSc and MSc in Geology from West…

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Gabrielle Engelmann-Suissa

Graduate Student, Astronomy
Dual-Title PhD

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


Gabrielle Suissa is an NSF fellow in the Astronomy department working with Dr. Eric Agol. Gabby received her bachelors in…

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Lucas Fifer

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Sciences Student Representative to UWAB Steering Committee
Dual-Title PhD

Life in Extreme Environments
Habitability & Life in the Solar System: Icy Moons


Lucas’ current research focuses on Enceladus, the geochemical processes of its icy plumes, and the habitability of its subsurface ocean (with Prof. David Catling). He is also interested in planetary surfaces in general and effective science communication (especially w/ visual media).

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Rudy Garcia

Graduate Student, Astronomy
Dual-Title PhD

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


Rodolfo is a graduate student in Astronomy who works with Rory Barnes and Vikki Meadows on understanding the evolution of…

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Susan Garcia

Graduate Student, Oceanography
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Life in Extreme Environments


I grew up in San Diego, CA then attended Brandeis University in MA. In my undergraduate lab, we studied cellular…

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Megan Gialluca

Graduate Student, Astronomy
Dual-Title PhD

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


Areas of interest: habitability of exoplanets, evolution of biosignatures in exoplanet atmospheres, detection of atmospheric constituents. I grew up in…

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Samantha Gilbert-Janizek

Graduate Student, Astronomy
Dual-Title PhD

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


Samantha is currently working with Dr. Victoria Meadows to model exoplanet atmospheres and predict biosignature detectability with future instruments.

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Kaitlin Harrison

Grad Student, Oceanography
Dual-Title PhD

Life in Extreme Environments


Research Areas of Interest: Life in Extreme Environments I was born and raised in the Seattle area, and returned here…

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Ula Jones

Graduate Student, Earth and Space Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

Habitability & Life in the Solar System: Icy Moons
Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


Astrobiology research interests: habitability of icy moons and exoplanets Ulla received a BS degree in geophysics and environmental science from…

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Sabrina Kainz

Graduate Student, Earth and Space Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


Astrobiology area of interest: Calcite U-Pb dating of Cambro-Ordovician microbialites. I grew up in Hong Kong and completed my B.A.…

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Georges Kanaan

Graduate Student, Oceanography
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Life in Extreme Environments
Habitability & Life in the Solar System: Icy Moons


I decided to join Jody Deming’s lab in the School of Oceanography to apply my skills in computer science towards…

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Ava Karanjia

Graduate Student, Chemical Engineering
Graduate Certificate

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Education & Outreach


Ava Karanjia is a current PhD student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow in Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington,…

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An Li

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

Life in Extreme Environments
Habitability & Life In the Solar System: Mars
Space Exploration


An (pronounced “Ann”) explores how water in all its forms has sculpted and altered the surface of Mars. She is…

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Chester Li

Graduate Student, Astronomy
Dual-Title PhD

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures
Space Exploration


Chester Li (Zhuofu Li) is an Astronomy and Astrobiology Dual-Title Ph.D. student at the University of Washington. In 2022, he…

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Ping-Chun Lin

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Science
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


Ping-Chun is currently working with Prof. David Catling on early Earth environment models.

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Jana Meixnerova

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


Jana Meixnerova’s research interests include the origins of life, co-evolution of life and surface environments on the early Earth, isotope…

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Patrick Monreal

Graduate Student, Oceanography
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Life in Extreme Environments
Space Exploration
Education & Outreach


Patrick is a graduate student under Dr. Randie Bundy and Dr. Joseph Resing in the School of Oceanography, researching organic…

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Morgan Raimondo

Graduate Student, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

Life in Extreme Environments


I grew up in Anaheim, CA and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at California State University, Monterey Bay. …

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Joshua Sacks

Graduate Student, Oceanography
Dual-Title PhD

Life in Extreme Environments


I am a first-year graduate student studying Chemical Oceanography and Astrobiology in Dr. Anitra Ingalls’ marine microbial metabolomics lab. I…

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Mike Sadler

Graduate student, Oceanography
Dual-Title PhD

Life in Extreme Environments


•Mike is interested in evolutionary dynamics and life in extreme environments. He has worked as a laboratory technician for a…

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Kevin Shaffman

Graduate Student, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Life in Extreme Environments
Space Exploration
Education & Outreach


Astrobiology interests include life in extreme environments, Life in Extreme Environments, Origin of Life, Life in the Solar System, Bio-Technologies…

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Greta Shum

Graduate Student, Atmospheric Sciences
Graduate Certificate

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures
Education & Outreach


I’m Greta, a third-year graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. I study the Earth’s climate system and specifically…

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Andrew Shumway

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

Habitability & Life In the Solar System: Mars


Andrew seeks to understand the elusive role of water on Mars through laboratory experiments, remote sensing, and modelling. Coming from…

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Kimberly Sinclair

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Habitability & Life In the Solar System: Mars


Kimberly graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in astronomy, physics, and philosophy in 2017. She then worked as…

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Trent Thomas

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Habitability & Life In the Solar System: Mars
Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


I use numerical modeling to study how terrestrial planets evolve over time. Some specific research projects I’ve worked on address…

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Guadalupe Tovar

Graduate Student, Astronomy
Dual-Title PhD

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures
Education & Outreach


Guadalupe is a graduate student working with Jim Davenport doing research at the intersection of stellar variability and its application…

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Anna Grace Ulses

Graduate Student, Earth and Space Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


Astrobiology research interests: biosignatures, exoplanets, and habitability Where I grew up: Virginia/Austria Undergraduate school: Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Past research…

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Dylan Vecchione

Graduate Student, Oceanography
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Life in Extreme Environments


Dylan grew up in Los Angeles, CA and graduated with his undergraduate degree from UW Oceanography in 2022. He is…

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Taylor Walton

Graduate Student, Oceanography
Dual-Title PhD

Habitability & Life in the Solar System: Icy Moons
Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


Graduated Arizona State university May 2020-B.Sc in Biochemistry.  ASU/NASA Space grant scholar for 3 years NASA Space Life Sciences Training…

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David Wang

Graduate Student, Astronomy
Graduate Certificate

Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


Astrobiology areas of interest: Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures David is a graduate student in the Astronomy department with an…

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Thea Weiss

Graduate Student, Psychology
Graduate Certificate

Space Exploration


Thea is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology, with an emphasis on human development. She conducts research…

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Haskelle Trigue White

Graduate Student, Earth and Space Sciences
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Habitability & Life In the Solar System: Mars
Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


Astrobiology research areas of interest: Habitability and Life in the Solar System, Origin and Evolution of Life on Earth, and…

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Peter Wynn

Graduate Student, Earth & Space Science
Dual-Title PhD

Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth


Pete is from Los Angeles, CA and graduated from the University of Southern California (2018) with a BA in Earth…

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