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Lunar and Planetary Laboratory & Department of Planetary Sciences | The University of Arizona
Astrobiology is a vibrant field that focuses on the study of the origins, distribution and evolution of life in the universe.
Two of the eight interdisciplinary research teams selected by the NASA Astrobiology Program to inaugurate its Interdisciplinary Consortia for Interdisciplinary Research program are located at the University of Arizona. Led by Dániel Apai, the teams were selected from a pool of more than 40 proposals. The breadth and depth of the research of these teams spans the spectrum of astrobiology research, from cosmic origins to planetary system formation, origins and evolution of life, and the search for life beyond Earth.
Astrobiology is an interdisciplinary field that combines astronomy, geology, biology and chemistry. At the University of Arizona, there are six academic departments that participate in the astrobiology program.
The University of Arizona offers one of the few astrobiology minor programs in the United States. Some of the questions we seek to answer include:
The Department of Planetary Sciences is one of six departments participating in astrobiology research at UArizona. Researchers and students benefit from a long campus history of interdisciplinary collaboration drawing from astronomy, planetary sciences, chemistry, geo- and biological sciences and early engagement with pioneering NASA astrobiology nodes.
ProfessorInterim Associate Dean for Research, College of SciencePrincipal Investigator, Alien Earths
Regents ProfessorPrincipal Investigator, OSIRIS-REx
Regents ProfessorLouise Foucar Marshall Science Research Professor
ProfessorAssociate Department Head
PTYS Graduate Student
Postdoctoral Research Associate