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Section Board for 'Astrobiology' (40)

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Prof. Dr. Andrew Pohorille
Section Editor-in-Chief
1. NASA Center for Computational Astrobiology and Fundamental Biology, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035, USA
2. Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94035, USA
Interests: statistical mechanics of chemical and biological systems; molecular and cellular-scale computer simulations and modeling; astrobiology; origin of life; protein structure; function and folding; biological membranes; transport through membranes; evolutionary innovation
Dr. Barbara Cavalazzi
Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali (BiGeA), Università di Bologna, Via Zamboni 67, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Interests: geobiology; palaeontology; astrobiology; extreme environments
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Prof. Dr. Amedeo Balbi
Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata", Via della Ricerca Scientifica, 00133 Roma, Italy
Interests: astrobiology; cosmology; habitability; exoplanets; biosignatures; technosignatures; extraterrestrial intelligence
Prof. Dr. Roberto Barbieri
Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali and Museo Geologico Giovanni Capellini, University of Bologna, Via Zamboni 63-67, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Interests: extreme environments; microbial communities; foraminifera; geomicrobiology; astrobiology
Prof. Dr. Daniela Billi
Department of Biology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, 00133 Roma, Italy
Interests: astrobiology; extreme environments; cyanobacteria; molecular biology
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Prof. Dr. Andre Brack
Centre de Biophysique Moleculaire, CNRS, Orleans, France
Interests: astrobiology; prebiotic chemistry; origins of life; homochirality; extraterrestrial life; Mars; Europa; exoplanets
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Prof. Dr. Doris Breuer
DLR, Institute of Planetary Research, Rutherfordstrasse 2, 12489 Berlin, Germany
Interests: interior structure and mantle dynamics of terrestrial planets and exoplanets; thermo-chemical evolution of small bodies and rocky planets; interior-atmosphere coupling
Dr. William B. Brinckerhoff
Planetary Environments Lab, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
Interests: mass spectrometry; molecular biosignatures; laser desorption/ionization; hypervelocity impact chemistry; Mars; Europa; habitability; analytical techniques
Dr. John Robert Brucato
INAF-Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri, L.go E. Fermi 5, IT-50125 Firenze, Italy
Interests: astrobiology; Mars; asteroids; comets; astrochemistry; laboratory studies on dust; ices; biomolecule; spectroscopy; photo processing
Prof. Dr. Kathleen A. Campbell
Faculty of Science, The University of Auckland, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Interests: paleoecology; extreme environments; hot springs; hydrocarbon seeps; trace fossils
Prof. Dr. Sankar Chatterjee
Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Geosciences & Curator of Paleontology, Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79415, USA
Interests: astrobiology
Dr. Andrew D. Czaja
Department of Geology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA
Interests: precambrian paleontology; organic geochemistry; low temperature geochemistry; geobiology; planetary geology; astrobiology
Prof. Dr. Louis D'Hendecourt
Laboratoire de Physique des Interactions Ioniques et Moléculaires (PIIM), UMR CNRS 7345, 13397 Marseille, France
Interests: astrochemistry; meteoritics; ultrahigh-resolving analytical chemistry; data analysis; origin of life
Dr. Bruce Damer
1. Department of Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
2. BIOTA Institute, Boulder Creek, CA 95006, USA
Interests: origins of life; nonenzymatic polymerization; lipid biophysics; astrobiology; biosignature detection; Archean geology; space mission design; computational simulation
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Prof. Dr. Wolf Dietrich Geppert
Director of the Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre, Department of Physics, Stockholm University, Frescativägen, 114 19 Stockholm, Sweden
Interests: molecular astrophysics; atmospheric chemistry; interstellar chemistry; complex molecules in space; modelling of large chemical reaction networks; spectroscopy of interstellar and atmospheric molecules; radioastronomy observations; asroobiology; interaction between microbial populations and their geological substrates
Prof. Dr. Gözen Ertem

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
Interests: RNA; prebiotic molecular; astrobiology; origin of life
Prof. Dr. Kai Finster
Department of Bioscience, Ny Munkegade 116, Building 1540, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark
Interests: astrobiology; aeromicrobiology; microbial physiology; microbial ecology; extreme environments
Dr. Daniel P. Glavin
Solar System Exploration Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
Interests: organic chemistry; meteorite analysis; astrobiology; space missions; life detection instrumentation
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Prof. Dr. José Eduardo González-Pastor
Department of Molecular Evolution, Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA), Carretera de Ajalvir km 4, Torrejón de Ardoz, 28850 Madrid, Spain
Interests: extremophiles; molecular mechanisms of resistance to extreme conditions; acidophiles; halophiles; UV resistance; metagenomics; metatranscriptomics; bacterial social behavior; extracellular DNA; horizontal gene transfer
Dr. Nader Haghighipour
Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai'i-Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Interests: formation and dynamics of planets and planetary systems; formation, detection, characterization and dynamical evolution of solar system and extrasolar planets; origin of Earth's water; habitability and habitable planets; habitable zone
Dr. Tori M. Hoehler
NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA 94035, USA
Interests: microbial ecology and biogeochemistry; anaerobic processes; hydrogen cycling; bioenergetics; subsurface and low energy ecosystems; planetary habitability
Prof. Dr. Nils G. Holm

Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University, 114 19 Stockholm, Sweden
Interests: geobiology; astrobiology; hydrothermal organic geochemistry; subsurface biosphere
Prof. Dr. Christopher H. House
Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, 503 Deike Building, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Interests: microbial geobiology; biogeochemistry; molecular evolution and genomics; astrobiology; geomicrobiology; origin of life
Dr. Terry Kee
School of Chemistry, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, UK
Interests: phosphorus chemistry; abiogenesis; astrobiology
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Prof. Dr. Kensei Kobayashi
Department of Chemistry, Yokohama National University, 79-5 Hodogaya-ku, TokiwadaI, Yokohama 240-8501, Japan
Interests: origins of life; astrobiology; chemical evolution; organic trace analysis
Dr. Pradeep Kumar
Faculty of Physics, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
Interests: biophysics; microbiology; astrobiology; extremophiles; evolutionary biology; systems biology; statistical physics; condensed matter theory
Prof. Dr. Manasvi Lingam
Department of Aerospace, Physics and Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL 32901, USA
Interests: astrobiology; habitability; exoplanets; origin of life; space science; ecology; biophysics; extraterrestrial intelligence
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Prof. Dr. Timothy W. Lyons
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Department of Earth Sciences, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA
Interests: biogeochemical cycles; astrobiology; geobiology; Earth history; isotope geochemistry; oceanic anoxia; evolution of the ocean and atmosphere and the co-evolution of life
Prof. Dr. Jesus Martinez-Frias
Instituto de Geociencias, IGEO (CSIC-UCM), C/ Del Doctor Severo Ochoa 7, Edificio Entrepabellones 7 y 8, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: planetary geosciences; meteorites; geoeducation; geoethics; mineralogy; geochemistry; sustainability; conceptual changes; astrobiology; future earth
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Dr. Eva Mateo Martí
Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA), Carretera de Ajalvir km 4, Torrejón de Ardoz, 28850 Madrid, Spain
Interests: biomolecules; surfaces; minerals; prebiotic chemistry; planetary simulation chambers; XPS spectroscopy; IR spectroscopy
Prof. Dr. Nigel Mason
School of Physical Sciences, Ingram Building, University of Kent, Giles Ln, Canterbury CT2 7NZ, UK
Interests: astrophysics and astrochemistry; environmental and atmospheric physics; plasma physics and nanolithography; next-generation radiotherapy
Dr. Linda B. McGown
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, NY, USA
Interests: bioanalytical chemistry; prebiotic chemistry and astrobiology; G-quadruplex DNA and guanosine gels; aptamer discovery and applications; DNA separation
Prof. Dr. Karen J. Meech
Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, 2680 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Interests: comets; delivery of volatiles in the early solar system to habitable worlds; space missions
Dr. Jay Nadeau
Physics Department, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97207, USA
Interests: digital holographic microscopy; nanomaterials; astrobiology; scintillating materials
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Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Ohmoto
Penn State Astrobiology Research Center, Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, PA 16802, USA
Interests: astrobiology; stable isotopes; ore deposits; Precambrian geochemistry
Prof. Dr. Francois Raulin
Laboratoire Inter-universitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques (LISA), UMR CNRS 7583, Université Paris Est Créteil et Paris Diderot, Institute Pierre Simon Laplace, 61 avenue du Général de Gaulle, 94010 Créteil, France
Interests: prebiotic chemistry; extraterrestrial organic chemistry; astrobiology; exobiology; astrobiologically oriented space missions; Titan; Mars; comets
Prof. Dr. Dirk Schulze-Makuch
Astrobiology Group, Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Technical University Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Interests: planetary habitability; astrobiology; evolutionary biology; extreme environments; geobiology; space missions
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Dr. Laura Selbmann
Department of Ecological and BiologicalSciences (DEB), University of Tuscia, Largo dell'Università snc, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
Interests: fungi from extreme environments
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Prof. Dr. Everett Shock
School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-1404, USA
Interests: hydrothermal ecosystems; hydrothermal organic chemistry; the deep biosphere; serpentinization; submarine hydrothermal systems; the geochemistry of icy solar bodies; aqueous alteration of meteorite parent bodies; environmental biogeochemistry
Prof. Dr. Ken Takai
Program Director, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science & Technology, 2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka 237-0061, Japan
Interests: geomicrobiology; biogeochemistry; astrobiology; extremophiles; limits of life and biosphere; habitability; exploration of boundary biosphere
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