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Karin Öberg

Karin Öberg

Assistant Professor of Astronomy

Research Interests: Astrochemistry, i.e., the chemical evolution during star and planet formation, the effects of chemistry on the properties of forming planets, including their prebiotic potential, and the development of chemical probes of protostellar and protoplanetary environments. These questions are addressed using a combination of laboratory ice experiments and spatially and spectrally resolved observations.

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Dimitar Sasselov

Dimitar Sasselov

Phillips Professor of Astronomy
Director, Origins of Life Initiative
Senior Advisor in the Sciences for Advanced Study

Research Interests:  Professor Sasselov studies, among other things, extrasolar planets, and he's a co-investigator on NASA's Kepler mission, which is monitoring 100,000 stars in a three-year hunt for exoplanets -- including Jupiter-sized giants. Sasselov watches for exoplanets by looking for transits, the act of a planet passing across the face of its star, dimming its light and changing its chemical signature. This simple, elegant way of searching has led to a bounty of newly discovered planets.

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