Prajkta Mane

Postoc, 2015-2016

Prajkta is a postdoctoral research associate working on early solar system materials. She was born and raised in Mumbai, India. Prajkta studied geology at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai (BSc) and the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (MSc). She received her PhD from the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. Her PhD research focused on determining the chemical and isotopic compositions of calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions (CAIs) in meteorites to decipher chemical and physical processes that occurred during the earliest stages of solar system formation. Prajkta has a strong interest in pioneering analytical methods to significantly advance our knowledge of the building blocks of the Solar System, in particular the development of laboratory techniques to further study the isotope geochemistry of meteorites and samples returned from planetary missions. Her postdoctoral work focuses on isotopic and microstructural analysis of refractory materials in meteorites to determine chemical pathways and conditions of high-temperature processes in the early solar system. Prajkta is currently a postdoctoral fellow at NASA Johnson Space Center.