I am an Assistant Professor in Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University - Newark. I received my PhD from the International Research School of Planetary Sciences at Universita' d'Annnunzio (Pescara, Italy) and my BS is from Belgrade University (Belgrade, Serbia). My scientific background is in geology and micropaleontology and during my graduate school and postdocs I pursued geochemical and molecular biology techniques.
I am very interested in modern and fossil extreme environments, geomicrobiology, astrobiology and planetary geology. The main goals of my research are to understand the ways modern microbial communities modify their environment and to decipher types of biosignatures they may leave behind. I am also very interested in understanding how microbial communities and their biosignatures change through fossilization processes. You may check my CV here.
Ashley is a graduate student at Rutgers University. Her research interests include the changes of biosignatures and textures in rocks over geologic time, and what implications this has regarding the search for life on Mars. Ashley is particularly interested in dolomitization and metamorphic changes in geologically old carbonate bearing rocks and how this relates to biosignature preservation.
You can contact Ashley at aem240 at scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Ifeoma is a graduate student and her research interests include understanding how extremophiles respond to chemical variation in their environment, their ecosystem functions, and the different mechanisms that extremophiles use to survive extreme conditions. Ifeoma is also interested in data science and spends her spare time playing with data using R.
You can contact Ifeoma at iru1 at scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Pia has joined the lab in September 2020 as a graduate student.
You can contact Pia at ps1104 at scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Allison Enright (Assistant Professor @ Uni. of New Brunswick)
2018: Undergraduate Students:
Audrey Miller (bottom photo)
Kosala Sirisena (Senior Lecturer @ Uni. of Sri Jayewardenepura)
Inoka Widanamagamage (@ Uni. of Mississippi)
2015: Undergraduate Students: