The Summons Lab bids farewell to a talented lab member and welcomes several new mambers

Posted on Sep 18, 2017

Dr. Xiaolei Liu as been a postdoc associate and a research scientist in Roger’s lab for the last 3 years. Xiaolei received his PhD degree at the University of Bremen with Dr. Kai-Uwe Hinrichs. Afterwards, he continues his postdoc in the same lab. In 2014, he joined Summons Lab and since then, he has been working on several projects. Xiaolei has contributed significantly to this lab and has helped manage the lab since 2016. Xiaolei recently accepted the offer from the University of Oklahoma (OU) to be a tanure-track professor. Summons Lab wishes he all the best with his new career.



Dr. Xiaowen Zhang received her PhD in the summer, 2017. Right afterwards, she joined Summons’ Lab. For her PhD, she has been working on the permafrost thawing in the Arctic Alaska and the climatic feedback. She pioneered the use of compound specific radiocarbon analysis in tracking permafrost thawing in the past. For her postdoc research, she will primarily focus on the abiotic synthesis of lipid. Her research could potentially answer how the earliest lipids were synthesized on Earth



Angel Mojarro is a new PhD student coadvised by Summons Lab and Zuber/Carr Lab. His research is focused on the human exploration and search for life of Mars. In Summons Lab, he will analyze organic molecules from rock/soil samples and extract life information in them.