UK Centre for Astrobiology

People

Members of UKCA

 

The UKCA has many members  that range across its areas of interest in different schools, institutes and centres in the university.  Below are the some of the key people associated with the Centre.

 

Charles Cockell (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Centre Co-Director

Research Area: Life in extreme environments

email: c.s.cockell@ed.ac.uk

 

Sean McMahon (School of Physics and Astronomy/School of Geosciences)

Centre Co-Director

Research Area:  Microbial palaeontology

email: sean.mcmahon@ed.ac.uk

 

Beth Biller (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Research Area: Exoplanet detection

 

Geoff Bromiley (School of Geosciences)

Research Area: Planetary interiors/Materials under extreme conditions

 

Ian Butler (School of Geosciences)

Research Area: Mineral formation, aqueous geochemistry, stable isotope geochemistry and the kinetics and mechanisms of geochemical processes

 

Ewen Campbell (School of Chemistry) 

Research Area: Astrochemistry

 

Valentina Erastova (School of Chemistry)

Research Area: Origin of Life, chemistry of clays

 

Javier Martin-Torres 

Chaired Professor, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

Visiting Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Research Area: Atmospheric physics

 

Paul Palmer  (School of Geosciences)

Research Area: Climate, atmospheric modeling

 

Simon Parsons (School of Chemistry)

Research area: Effects of pressure on molecular compounds

 

Ken Rice (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Research Area: Planetray discs

 

Colin Snodgrass (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Research Area: Comets and asteroids

 

Rafal Szabla (School of Chemistry)

Research Area: Origin of life, prebiotic chemistry of RNA

 

Martin Sweatman (School of Engineering)

Research Area: Advanced materials, statistical mechanics

 

Kristina Tamane (School of Geosciences)

Space Business Development Executive

 

Ian Underwood (School of Engineering)

Integrated nano- and micro-systems

 

Matjaz Vidmar  (School of Social and Political Science)

Research Area: Technoscientific Culture and Space Exploration

 

Postdoctoral scientists

Adam Stevens (School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)

Research Area: Mars analogues, biomarker detection, space missions

 

Rosa Santomartino

Research Area: Microbial biofilms, life in extremes, microorganisms in microgravity

 

Mariangela Bonavita  (School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)

Research Area: Exoplanet research

 

Postgraduate students

Liam Perera (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Research Area: Icy moon habitability

 

Rosie Cane (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Research Area: Modelling life under extremes

 

Andy Dickinson  (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Research Area: Life under multiple extremes

 

Ophelia Gunn  (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Research Area: Aqueous environments on Mars

 

Stewart Gault  (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Research Area: Proteins in extreme/extraterrestrial conditions

 

Annemiek Waajen (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Research Area: Life under anaerobic conditions/use of organics by life

 

Philippe Reekie (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Research Area: Preservation of life on Mars

 

Yuchen Shang (School of Engineering)

Research Area: Sensors for astrobiology development

 

Prats Desai (School of Engineering)

Research Area: Sensors for astrobiology development

 

Lab Management

Scott McLaughlin  (School of Physics and Astronomy)