CV

Research positions

August 2015 − present            Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of PhysicsUniversity of Louisiana Lafayette

March 2014 − August 2015     Postdoctoral Scholar at the Department of the Geophysical Sciences, The University of Chicago

March 2014 − August 2015     Scientific Affiliate at the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies, The Field Museum of Natural History

September 2010 − February 2014     Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the W. M. Keck Cosmochemistry Laboratory, Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

August 2009 − August 2010    Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Laboratory for Space Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

August 2003 – August 2009     Graduate Research Assistant at the Laboratory for Space Sciences and Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

Education

Ph.D. December 2009 Earth and Planetary Sciences Washington University in St. Louis
Dissertation title: Multi-element isotopic analyses of presolar graphite grains from the Orgueil meteorite
A.M. May 2006 Earth and Planetary Sciences Washington University in St. Louis
M.S. August 2003 Geophysics Ohio University
Thesis title: Seismic characteristics of interior models of Mars
M.S. August 2002 Physics and Astronomy Ohio University
Research Project: Observational Characteristics of Brown Dwarfs
M.Sc. May 1999 Physics (Specialization: Astrophysics) University of Pune
Research Project: Artificial neural network classification of stellar spectra
B.Sc. May 1996 Physics Fergusson College, University of Pune
Research Project: Photometric study of the RS Canum Venaticorum variable star HR1099

Grants & Awards

Antarctic Service Medal, 2014
Co-I: XRF nano-analysis of stellar condensates trapped in presolar carbon micro spheres at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) beamline P06 (European Commision I-20110771), 2011-2014.
XII International Symposium on Nuclei in the Cosmos, Highly Commended Poster Presentation, Rare Presolar Graphite Grains from Evolved Low- and Intermediate-Mass Stars (2012)
XII International Symposium on Nuclei in the Cosmos, Travel grant (2012)
Kobe International School of Planetary Sciences, Travel Grant (2007)
Geology Alumni Research Grant of the Department of Geological Sciences, Ohio University for partial support towards thesis research (2002)

Professional service

Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) 2013-2014 Field Party Member
Reviewer for Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta,  Astrophysical Journal, and Meteoritics and Planetary Science
Planetary Geology Division (GSA) Dwornik Award Judge
LPSC Session Chair, “Presolar Grains: Structures and Origins”, 2009
Graduate Student Peer Mentor, Washington University in St. Louis, August 2007 – August 2009

Invited Talks

April 2015: “Stardust from Primitive Meteorites “- Department of Physics, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
February 2015: “Decoding Isotopic and Elemental Signatures in Stardust from Meteorites “- Center for Meteorite Studies, Arizona State University
July 2014: “Presolar Graphite Grains and their Stellar Origins”- Nuclei in the Cosmos XIII, Debrecen, Hungary
February 2012: “Stellar Sources of Presolar Graphite Grains” – Center for Meteorite Studies, Arizona State University
December 2009: “Multi-element Isotopic Analyses of Presolar Graphite Grains from Orgueil” – Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India

News Release

Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) – The hunt begins” in Kaunānā: The Research Publication of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoā

Professional Affiliations

Member of:
The Meteoritical Society
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)