STEPHANIE A. CONNON
Oregon State University
Ph.D. Microbiology, 2003
Washington State University
B.S. Environmental Science, 1996, cum laude
B.S. Biology, 1996, cum laude
Current, Senior Research Scientist. California Institute of Technology
• Manage Dr. Victoria Orphan's lab and conduct research on microbial life at methane seeps on the sea-floor.
05/2008 to 09/2009, Staff Scientist. NASA-JPL / Caltech Dept of Chemistry
• Managed research project to examine the ability of bacteria to exist under Mars-like conditions.
• Returned samples collected from Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,331 ft) Tanzania. Spent 4 nights at the top working under extreme conditions of altitude and temperature.
05/2005 to 05/2008, PostDoc. NASA-JPL / Caltech Dept of Chemistry
• Developed highly sensitive DNA extraction methods and PCR assays for detection of microbial signatures of life in Mars analog environments.
• Organized 2 expeditions to the Atacama Desert, Chile, and designed field ready experimental procedures for the assessment of life detection and microbial diversity.
• Awarded a NASA Certificate of Recognition for creative technical innovation in collaboration with a team of scientists and engineers.
11/2002 to 05/2005, PostDoc. Idaho State University
• Collaborated with a large multidisciplinary team of geologists and scientists to map the Alvord Desert basin in Oregon and to study the microbial diversity in thermal springs.
1996-2002, Graduate Student. Oregon State University
• Patent 20020164677 acquired for development of a high through-put culture process.
• Current. Board member for Third Millennium Awakening (TMA) an organization that provides clean water and education to impoverished people living in rural villages in India.
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