Project feature on the Caltech Website!

A project that I'm a part of, SHAMU, has been featured on the Caltech website!

SHAMU stands for Submerisble Holographic Astrobiology Microscope with Ultra-resolution. The goal of this project is to use holographic microscopy to look for swimming bacteria and other microbes as signatures of life in extreme environments - places like sea ice, cryopegs, or even Europa. These signs of life - known as biosignatures - are often ambiguous, and this project hopes that seeing is believing when it comes to confidently identifying presence of life in outer space. 

In this project, I've helped collect data during field expeditions to Nuuk, Greenland and Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska, as well as during some experiments at Caltech and here at the University of Washington.

You can see part of my face hidden behind a blue balaclava as I watch others perform manual labor while out on the sea ice in Greenland if you jump to 3:03 in the video below.

Check out the full description of this project here, on the Caltech webpage.

Professor Jay Nadeau describes her lab's work and proposal to use new microscopes on spacecraft that could visit the icy moons of Enceladus (Saturn) and Europa (Jupiter) to collect and search water samples for life. Read more: