Meet Our Mentors

Meet the SAGANet Mentors!

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SAGANet.org Mentors bring science to students, families and classrooms through our virtual mentoring programs. They hail from across the globe, are active scientists and experts in diverse fields of astrobiology and space exploration. Find out more about our current cohort of mentors by clicking on the links below to learn about each of our mentors.

Zach Adam

Current position: Postdoc @ Harvard University

Expertise: Engineering, Geology, Astrobiology

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Fabia Ursula Battistuzzi 

Current position: Assistant Professor @ Oakland University

Expertise: Bioinformatics, Astrobiology

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Morgan Cable

Current position: Postdoc @ Caltech/JPL

Expertise: Chemistry, Planetary Science, Astrobiology

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Amanda Cook

Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow @ NASA Ames Research Center

Expertise: Astrophysics, Astrobiology

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Julia DeMarines

Current position: PhD Student at Hampton University

Expertise: Astronomy, Astrobiology, Planetary Science

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Sonny Harman

Current position: Graduate Student @ Pennsylvania State University

Expertise: Physics, Atmospheric Science

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Rachel Horak

Current position: Postdoc @ University of Washington

Expertise: Astrobiology, Oceanography

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Brian Hynek

Current position: Professor @ University of Colorado

Expertise: Astrobiology, Planetary Science

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Heshan "Grasshopper" Illangkoon

Current position: Investours.org

Expertise: Chemistry, Astrobiology, Education

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Muffarah Jahangeer

Current position: Researcher @ George Mason University

Expertise: Planetary Atmospheres, Astrobiology

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Christie Jilly

Current position: Ph.D. student @ University of Hawaii, Manoa

Expertise: Cosmochemistry

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Betul Kacar

Current position: Postdoct @ Harvard University

Expertise: Evolution, Synthetic Biology, Astrobiology

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Ravi Kumar Kopparapu

Current position: Postdoc @ Pennsylvania State University

Expertise: Astrophysics, Astrobiology

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Graham Lau

Current position: Graduate student @ CU Boulder

Expertise: Astrobiology

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Ivan Lima 

Current position: Postdoc @ NASA Ames

Expertise: Microbiology, Astrobiology

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Kennda Lynch

Current position: PhD Candidate @ Colorado School of Mines

Expertise: Microbiology, Engineering, Astrobiology

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Preeti Nema

Current position: Research Scientist @ Blue Marble Space Institute of Science

Expertise: Microbiology

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Sanjoy Som

Current position: Postdoc @ NASA Ames

Expertise: Earth Sciences, Astrobiology

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Svet Shkolyar

Current position: Graduate Student @ Arizona State University

Expertise: Biosignatures, Astrobiology

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Enrica Quartini

Current position: Ph.D. candidate at University of Texas, Austin

Expertise: Earthquakes, glaciology

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Sara Imari Walker 

Current position: Assistant Professor @ Arizona State University

Expertise: Physics, Astrobiology

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Ken Williford

Current position: Principal Investigator @ NASA  JPL

Expertise: Geochemistry

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Patrick Young

Current position: Associate Professor @ Arizona State University

Expertise: Astrophysics

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