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Ivria  Doloboff's Picture
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
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Ivria Doloboff

Research background in developing instrumentation for planetary exploration and advancing state of knowledge in detection and definition of biosignatures. Ivria's works focuses on testing and developing methods for detection of life and biosignatures on other planets. This includes developing structured methodologies and techniques for using deep UV laser-based spectroscopic instruments to perform fine-scale detection of minerals and organic molecules. Laboratory research includes simulating far-from-equilibrium chemical/geochemical systems relevant to the emergence of life on wet rocky worlds. These efforts involve work in various analytical techniques, including characterization of geochemistry and geomorphology of terrestrial, Lunar, comet, and Mars simulants using Environmental Scanning Electron microscopy (ESEM) and Energy Dispersive X-Ray spectroscopy (EDS).


California State University, Long Beach, CA., B.A. 2014, Political Science, magna cum laude.

Research Interests
  • Ultraviolet Raman and fluorescence instrumentation for organic detection on Mars
  • Geochemical disequilibria at water-rock interfaces
  • Chemical gardens and other self-assembling inorganic systems

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2011-present)
    • Research Technician, Planetary Chemistry and Astrobiology (2016 - present)
    • Engineer Tech, Columbus Technologies and Services, Inc, contractor (2015 - 2016)
    • Intern and Fellow, NASA/Caltech/JPL (2011 - 2015)

Selected Awards
  • Columbus Award of Recognition and Excellence (2016)

Selected Publications
  1. I. J. Doloboff, E. J. Eshelman, G. Wanger, E. Hara, V. M. Paez, V. J. Orphan, J. P. Amend, L. W. Beegle, and R. Bhartia. (2017) A Terrestrial Analogs Database for Mars and Europa Mission Surface Operations Support. Astrobiology Science Conference, Mesa, AZ, April 2017.
  2. J. Edmunson, J. A. Gaskin, I. J. Doloboff, On behalf of the MVP-SEM Team. Unveiling The Mysteries Of Mars With A Miniaturized Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope. 48rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, April 2017.
  3. Barge LM, Cardoso SSS, Cartwright JHE, Doloboff IJ, Flores E, Macías-Sánchez E, Sainz-Díaz CI, Sobrón P. (2016) Self-assembling iron oxyhydroxide/oxide tubular structures: laboratory-grown and field examples from Rio Tinto. Proc. R. Soc. A: 472: 20160466.
  4. L. M. Barge, Y. Abedian, I. J. Doloboff, J. E. Nunez, M. J. Russell, R. D. Kidd, I. Kanik. (2015) Chemical Gardens as Flow-Through Reactors Simulating Natural Hydrothermal Systems. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 105, DOI: 10.3791/53015.
  5. L. M. Barge, S. S. S. Cardoso, J. H. E. Cartwright, G. J. T. Cooper, L. Cronin, A. De Wit, I. J. Doloboff, B. Escribano, R. E. Goldstein, F. Haudin, D. E. H. Jones, A. L. Mackay, J. Maselko, J. J. Pagano, J. Pantaleone, M. J. Russell, C. I. Sainz-Díaz, O. Steinbock, D. A. Stone, Y. Tanimoto, N. L. Thomas. (2015) From Chemical Gardens to Chemobrionics. Chemical Reviews, 115 (16), pp 8652–8703, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.5b00014.
  6. Laura M. Barge, Yeghegis Abedian, Michael J. Russell, Ivria J. Doloboff, Julyan H. E. Cartwright, Richard D. Kidd, Isik Kanik. From Chemical Gardens to Fuel Cells: Generation of Electrical Potential and Current Across Self-Assembling Iron Mineral Membranes. (2015) Angewandte Chemie. DOI: 10.1002/ange.201501663R1
  7. 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.
  8. 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,
  9. 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 (Cover, Feb 28, 2012)


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