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Curriculum Vitae:

Laurie Barge

  • Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of Southern California (2009)
  • B.S., Astronomy and Astrophysics (Minor in Physics), Villanova University (2004)

Research Interests
  • Prebiotic chemistry in hydrothermal environments. Specifically, formation of important prebiotic molecules via proton gradients across a membrane.
  • Possible origin of life in hydrothermal systems on icy worlds.
  • Formation of self-organizing patterns in diffusion-controlled chemical systems, and applications to biology and geology.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2010-present)
    • NASA Astrobiology Institute Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-present)
    • Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar, Planetary Sciences Section (2010-2013)
  • University of Southern California (2004-2009)
    • Research Assistant, Dept. of Earth Sciences
  • Marathon Oil Company (Summer 2008)
    • Petrophysics Intern (Zeolite formation in petroleum reservoirs)
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2005-2006)
    • Research Assistant (Landing site hazard analysis for Phoenix and Mars Science Laboratory)
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Summer 2004)
    • NASA Academy Intern (Carbon isotope analysis of Mars analog samples)
  • Villanova University (2002-2004)
    • Research Assistant, Dept. of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Determine orbital properties of eclipsing binary systems in the Magellanic Clouds)

Selected Awards
  • Co-I,JPL Strategic University Partnership Program award, "Microbial Fuel Cells for in-situ life detection" (with USC) (2013)
  • NASA Astrobiology Institute Travel Award ("Effects of Catalytic Iron-Containing Minerals on RNA Synthesis"; collaboration with the New York Center for Astrobiology) (2013)
  • Finalist, Harry Lonsdale Origin of Life Prize (2012)
  • American Astronomical Society International Travel Grant (2007, 2011, 2012)
  • NASA Harriet G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellow (2006-2009)
  • Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Merit Fellowship (2008)
  • USC Dean Joan M. Schaefer Research Award (2008, 2007)
  • NASA Astrobiology Institute Lewis and Clark Field Scholar (2007)
  • Keck Fellowship, University of Southern California (2004)
  • College Merit Award Fellowship, USC College of Letters and Sciences (2004)

Selected Publications
  1. Barge, L. M., Doloboff, I. J., Russell, M. J., VanderVelde, D., White, L. M., Kidd, R., Kanik, I. (2014) Pyrophosphate Synthesis in Iron Mineral Films and Membranes Simulating Prebiotic Submarine Hydrothermal Systems. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 128, 1-12, Publication
  2. L. M. Barge, T. P. Kee, I. J. Doloboff, J. M. P. Hampton, M. Ismail, M. Pourkashanian, J. Zeytounian, M. M. Baum, J. Moss, C.-K. Lin, R. D. Kidd, I. Kanik (2014) The Fuel Cell Model of Abiogenesis: A New Approach to Origin-of-Life Simulations. Astrobiology, 14(3):254-70.
  3. Research featured in Chemical & Engineering News: "Gardens of Eden", March 18, 2013. Vol. 91, Issue 11, pp. 44-45, Publication
  4. J. Petruska and L. M. Barge. (2013) Bilaterally Symmetric Facial Morphology Simulated by Diffusion-Controlled Chemical Precipitation in Gel. Chemical Physics Letters 556, 315-319.
  5. L. M. Barge, A. A. Pulschen, A. P. M. Emygdio, C. Congreve, D. E. Kishimoto, A. G. Bendia, A. Teles, J. DeMarines, D. Stoupin (2013) Life, the Universe, and Everything: An Education Outreach Proposal to Build a Traveling Astrobiology Exhibit. Astrobiology, Vol. 13, No. 3, DOI: 10.1089/ast.2012.0834.
  6. L. M. Barge, I. J. Doloboff, L. M. White, G. D. Stucky, M. J. Russell, I. Kanik. (2012) Characterization of Iron-Phosphate-Silicate Chemical Garden Structures. Langmuir, 28 (8), pp 3714-3721 (Featured on cover of Feb 28, 2012 issue).
  7. M. A. Chan, S.L. Potter, B.B. Bowen, W. T. Parry, L. M. Barge, W. Seiler, E.U. Petersen, J. R. Bowman (2012) Characteristics of terrestrial ferric oxide concretions and implications for Mars. In J. Grotzinger and R. Milliken, Sedimentary geology of Mars: SEPM Special Publication No. 102, p. 253-270.
  8. B. Schoepp-Cothenet, W. Nitschke, L. M. Barge, A. Ponce, M. J. Russell, A. I. Tsapin (2011) Comment on "A Bacterium That Can Grow by Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus" Science, vol. 332, no. 6034, pl 1149.
  9. L. M. Barge, D. E. Hammond, M. A. Chan, S. Potter, J. Petruska, K. H. Nealson (2011) Precipitation Patterns Formed by Self-Organizing Processes in Porous Media. Geofluids, 11: 124-133.
  10. L. M. Barge, K. Nealson, J. Petruska (2010) Organic Influences on Inorganic Patterns of Diffusion-Controlled Precipitation in Gels. Chemical Physics Letters, Vol. 493, Issues 4-6, pp. 340-345.

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