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).