Lab Members

Mihaela Glamoclija

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 Murphy

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

Ifeoma Ugwuanyi

Ifeoma has joined the lab in September 2018 as a graduate student and soon will be updating this page with her research interests. 

You can contact Ifeoma  at iru1 at

Pia Sen

Pia has joined the lab in September 2020 as a graduate student.  

You can contact Pia at ps1104  at



2019: Postdocs:

           Allison Enright (Assistant Professor @ Uni. of New Brunswick)

           Undergraduate Students:

           Joceline Fuentes-Maya

           Sebastian Plasencia

           Highschool Student:

           Anamaria Popovska

2018: Undergraduate Students:

           Audrey Miller (bottom photo)

           Suah Yekeh 

2017: Postdocs:

           Kosala Sirisena (Senior Lecturer @ Uni. of Sri Jayewardenepura) 

           Graduate Students:

           Steven Ramirez 

           Undergraduate Students:

           Allison Waldron 

           Carlos Macazana

2016: Postdocs:

           Inoka Widanamagamage (@ Uni. of Mississippi) 

           Undergraduate Students:

           Brittany Washington 

2015: Undergraduate Students:

           Nancy Padilla

           Mousa Zeidan

           Steven Potochniak

Geomicrobiology Group / EES Department / Rutgers University / T 973.353.2509 / F 973.353.1965 / m.glamoclija at