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Dr. Ali M. Bramson

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
1629 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721
bramson (at) lpl (dot) arizona (dot) edu


University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2012-2018
PhD in Planetary Sciences with a minor in Geosciences
M.S., Planetary Sciences (awarded 2015)

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2007-2011
B.S. in Physics and Astronomy-Physics, certificate (minor) in Computer Science
Graduated with distinction (honor's thesis); Named on UW's Dean's List 6 semesters

Research Positions Held

Assistant Professor
Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Purdue University, Starting Fall 2020

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory/Department of Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona, Sept. 2018-present
Targeting and data analysis of bistatic radar data with the Mini-RF instrument onboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
Advisor: Prof. Lynn Carter

Graduate Research Associate
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory/Department of Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona, August 2012-August 2018
Dissertation Title: Radar Analysis and Theoretical Modeling of the Presence and Preservation of Ice on Mars
Advisor: Prof. Shane Byrne

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Astronomy Department, University of Wisconsin, December 2008-May 2012
Senior Thesis Project: Using networking algorithms to assess the environments of galaxy groups
Advisor: Prof. Eric M. Wilcots

REU Student
SETI Institute, June 2010-August 2010
Searching for ongoing geologic activity on Jupiter’s satellites
Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Phillips

REU Student
Arecibo Observatory/Cornell University, May 2009-August 2009
Modeling of 25143 Itokawa to improve radar-based shape estimation methods
Advisors: Dr. Michael Nolan and Dr. Ellen Howell

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC), University of Wisconsin, June 2007-May 2009
Environmental transformations of metal nanoparticles
Solution based growth of nanoparticles
Advisors: Dr. Kevin M. Metz and Prof. Joel A. Pedersen

Honors and Awards




Research Grants Funded

As Co-I (PI of the UA subcontracts)

Microstructural evolution of solar system ices through sintering, funded by NASA's Solar Systems Workings Program
PI: Jamie Molaro

Subsurface Water Ice Mapping (SWIM) in the Northern Hemisphere of Mars, funded by JPL to support NASA’s Mars Exploration Program
PIs: Nathaniel E. Putzig and Gareth A. Morgan



Remote Sensing


Field Work


Group Management and Interpersonal Training

Professional Activities and Departmental Involvement


Teaching and Curriculum Development

Students Mentored


Invited Talks

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Selected Conference Abstracts/Presentations