Visiting Student


Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
E25, 45 Carleton Street
Cambridge, MA 02139


Anaïs is working towards completing an engineering diploma in biotechnologies applied to food industry in the fall of 2018 (ENSAIA, Nancy, France). She will begin a PhD program with Dr. Sarah Johnson focusing on exobiology in Georgetown University that same fall.


The questions that I am passionate about pertain to the origins of life — specifically how life developed and adapted to extreme and variable environments. I am particularly interested in biomarkers, how to find them and understand them, and how we can use this knowledge in the search for past life in our solar system
I am currently working on a geobiology research project. I am studying the lipid biomarkers (focusing on Hopanes, Steranes and Carotenoids) in the South Oman Salt Basin Silicilyte using a GC-MS TripleQuad. The main objective is to determine the depositional environment variations of this layer deposited during the early Cambrian (around 541Ma).