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  • Darlene Lim (NPP Alumnus, ARC 2004-2007) is a research scientist and principal investigator with the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute (BAERI) based at NASA ARC, and is also the PI for the Pavilion Lake Research Project (PLRP), an exploration mission to explain the origin of freshwater microbialites in Pavilion Lake, British Columbia, which represent some of the earliest life forms of early Earth. (Photo courtesy of Henry Bortman)

  • Rika Anderson (NAI) researches archaea as one of the keys to understanding the origin and evolution of life on Earth and other planets. Archaea are often found in low energy and extreme environments, such as hot springs in Yellowstone National Park, which are acidic, hot and muddy. These environments represent conditions much like those on early Earth. (Photo courtesy of Rika Anderson)

  • Kristen John (JSC) participated in a 14-day Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) mission at NASA JSC. As the commander of a four member crew, John lived and worked in a 150 cubic meter habitat to simulate a mission to the asteroid Geographos. (Photo courtesy of Michael Castro)

  • Hyunju Connor (GSFC) is a member of the STORM team at NASA GSFC, which hopes to launch a future satellite mission to visualize the Earth’s sunside magnetosphere using X-ray imagery. In this photograph, Connor sits with a STORM X-ray imager (front), built for the future mission, and a prototype X-ray imager (back) which flew during a DXL rocket mission and came back with zero damage. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Michael Collier, NASA GSFC)

  • Shawn Domagal-Goldman (NPP Alumnus, HQ 2010-2012), currently a research space scientist in the Planetary Environments Laboratory at GSFC, helped to initiate the NASA FameLab competition as part of his fellowship research into the communication of astrobiology science. NASA’s FameLab competition is a science communications event that offers early career scientists a chance to practice science communication and then display their skills in an “American Idol” style speaking competition. (Photo courtesy of D. McCallum, NASA)

  • Gioia Massa (NPP Alumnus, KSC 2011-2013) researches how to grow fresh vegetables in space. The NASA Vegetable Production System (Veggie) is a small vegetable production system that will enable research on food production and provide fresh produce for the crew of the International Space Station. (Photo courtesy of LaShelle Spencer)

  • Ken Caluwaerts (ARC) researches tensile-integrity, or tensegrity, robots, which are composed of rods and cables. He hopes to develop a spherical robot that is both more flexible and robust than current rover designs for space exploration. (Photo courtesy of Pavlov Manovi)

Purpose of the NASA Postdoctoral Program

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) supports NASA’s goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA’s missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.

As a result, NPP Fellows contribute to national priorities for scientific exploration; confirm NASA’s leadership in fundamental research; and complement the efforts of NASA’s partners in the national science community.


Latest News

Volume 3, Issue 3 of the NPP Newsletter includes a report about NAI Fellow Benjamin Charnay’s research on the atmosphere of early Earth using General Circulation Models (GCMs) at the University of Washington; a look at the history of Jet Propulsion Laboratory and current research happening there; NPP alumni connections on the SSERVI FINESSE team as well as a look at the team’s current research; and our usual report of program statistics. 

Curiosity has always been a driving force in science. In the case of Heidar Thrastarson, curiosity drove him from his home in Iceland all the way to Pasadena, Calif. Heidar Thrastarson Thrastarson’s research focuses on extrasolar planets, an interest that spawned during an undergraduate astrophysics class. His curiosity was sparked after selecting extrasolar planets as an essay topic, and his career was born. Find out more about Heidar on his research experience profile.