9 September 2020

Highlighting Women in Geobiology: Dr. Heather Graham

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Highlighting Women in Geobiology: Dr. Heather Graham

Current Role:  I am a research associate with Catholic University of America but I work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in the Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory. Research Foci:  My research focuses on developing tools and techniques for biosignature detection, especially for life that does not share the same biochemistry as life on Earth. What drew […]

18 July 2020

Graduate Student Fatima Husain gives an MIT Chat

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Graduate Student Fatima Husain gives an MIT Chat

This summer, Summons Lab graduate student and Curiosity Correspondent Fatima Husain spoke with students from around the world as part of her MIT Chat. Check out the webinar in which Fatima describes organic geochemistry and biology and her path to it to middle school students.

4 October 2019

Welcoming Visiting Student Jaz Millar

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Welcoming Visiting Student Jaz Millar

For the month of October, Cardiff University research student Jaz Millar will work in the Summons Lab to study the lipid profiles of microbial communities grown under Snowball Earth-like conditions. In her research, Millar studies how life survived and maintained diversity during the Cryogenian period 720-635 million years ago. She investigates the potential of cryoconite […]

10 July 2019

How Analyzing Rocks Helps Us Communicate Science

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How Analyzing Rocks Helps Us Communicate Science

On July 12th, 2019, Summons Lab member Fatima Husain gave an invited talk at HubWeek Open Doors about applying geochemistry through astrobiology and paleoclimate, and science communication.

5 July 2019

Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Emmanuelle Grosjean

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Current Role: I work as an organic geochemist for Geoscience Australia (GA), Australia’s governmental geoscientific organisation, based in Canberra. GA can be loosely described as the Australian equivalent of the US Geological Survey. In my day-to-day job, I work in a multi-disciplinary team providing insights into Australia’s energy resource potential. Years in the Summons Lab: I started […]

20 June 2019

Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Sabine Mehay

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Current Role: I currently work as a Geochemist and Petroleum System Analyst for the oil and gas service company Schlumberger. I am based in Aachen, Germany. Years in the Summons Lab: I was part of the Summons Lab from January 2010 until February 2011. Favorite Memories: I have many good memories from my time at […]

30 May 2019

Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Paula Welander

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Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Paula Welander

Current Role: I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford. Years in the Summons Lab: July 2010 through Dec 2012 Favorite Memories: I remember how cold the lab was! I always had to wear multiple sweatshirts under my lab coat and would have to go get tea in the middle of […]

16 May 2019

Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Jessica Whiteside

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Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Jessica Whiteside

Current Role: I am an associate professor of geochemistry at the University of Southampton, based in the National Oceanography Centre in Southern England. I specialize in molecular paleontology, that is, I use fossil chemical fingerprints as clues to ancient ecologies and environmental change. Years in the Summons Lab: I was in the Summons lab in […]

9 May 2019

Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Katherine French

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Highlighting Women in Geobiology at MIT: Dr. Katherine French

Story Caption: Dr. French with Dr. Emily Matys, another graduate of the Summons Lab. Current Role: I am currently a research geochemist in the Central Energy Resource Science Center at the USGS in Denver, CO. I apply molecular and isotopic geochemistry to petroleum system research. Years in the Summons Lab:I was a Ph.D. student in […]