A Unique Concentration of Postdoctoral Talent

A postdoctoral scholar, or postdoc, “is an individual holding a doctoral degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of his or her choosing,” according to the National Postdoctoral Association.

Among the most coveted postdoctoral appointments are those from the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP). These fellowships offer early-career researchers “the opportunity to share in NASA’s mission, to reach for new heights, and to reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind,” NPP says.

The College of Sciences is the proud host of six NPP fellows advancing NASA’s mission in astrobiology and solar system exploration. The concentration of talent testifies to Georgia Tech’s vibrant astrobiology and space science research communities.

Meet the six NPP fellows whose scientific career paths are being shaped by their mentors in the College of Sciences. Just as we invest in our students, we have a stake in the success of these early-career scientists. Like our graduates, they will be very much our alumni, too, when they move on.


peter Conlin

Peter Conlin

Ph.D. University of Washington

Fitness Decoupling in Transition to Multicellularity

Meet Peter Conlin


Michelle Renee Lyons

Moran Frenkel-Pinter

Ph.D. Tel Aviv University

Prebiotic Assembly of Proto-Peptides

Meet Moran Frenkel-Pinter​



Andrew Mullen

Ph.D. University of California, San Diego

Holographic Microscopy for Icy Worlds

Meet Andrew Mullen




Micah Schaible

Ph.D. University of Virginia

Effects of Electrostatically Charged Dust Grains

Meet Micah Schaible​

Michelle Renee Lyons

Nicholas Speller

Ph.D. Louisiana State University

Ionic Species Analyzer for Icy Moon Europa

Meet Nicholas Speller​

Michelle Renee Lyons

Nadia Szeinbaum

Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology

Microbial Interactions Leading to Great Oxidation Event

Meet Nadia Szeinbaum​