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Phd: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Physics, 1996
M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, 1991
B.S. California Institute of Technology, Applied Physics, 1988

Previous Academic Positions

2011: Chair in Astrobiology, Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies, Lund University
2001-2010: Assistant and Associate Professor, Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Hawaii at Manoa
2007: Visiting Sabbatical Scholar, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, University of California at Berkeley
1997-2001: Postdoctoral Research Associate, California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory
1996-1997: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Space Research, MIT
1992-1996: Graduate Research Assitant, Center for Space Research, MIT

Other Positions

2001: Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow, National Academy of Sciences
1998-1999: Bioinformatics Software Consultant, Paracel Inc., Pasadena, California
1990: Visiting Researcher, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
1988-1989: Engineer, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, Toulouse, France

Advisory and Organizational Positions

Stellar Parameters Working Group, NASA Kepler Mission (2012-)
Co-convenor: "M dwarfs in the Light of Exoplanets" Cool Stars 17 Splinter Session (2012)
Convenor, "Transiting Planets in the House of the Sun - A Workshop on M dwarf stars and their planets" (2012)
Co-convenor, Symposium on "Enigmas of Evolution", Lund, Sweden (2011)
Session organizer, UCF Winter Workshop on "Exoplanets for Planetary Scientists" (2010)
Science working group on "Limits and evolution of life on Earth and Beyond", IODP New Ventures in Exploring Scientific Targets Meeting (2009)
Co-organizer, AAS Special Session on "Hot Earths: formation, detection, and structure" (2007)
NASA/JPL Terrestrial Planet Finder Science Working Group (2002-2006)
Science organizing committee, NASA Astrobiology Institute Meeting (2005)
Science organizing committee, 4th NASA/ESA Terrestrial Planet Finder/Darwin Meeting (2004)
Science organizing committe,: IAU Bioastronomy Meeting, Reykjavik (2004)
Session organizer and chair, Joint U.S.-Chinese Academies of Science Meeting, Shanghai (2003)
Session organizer and chair, Gordon Research Conference on the Origin of Life (2002)
Session co-organizer, Special session on "Marine microbiology", AGU/ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting (2002)
Science advisory panelrepl on"Biogeosciences and beyond", AGU Biogeosciences Division (2001).

Academic advisory roles

Supervision or co-supervision of 10 undergraduate students, 5 graduate students, and 7 postdocs.