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Bryana Henderson

Throughout her career, Dr. Bryana Henderson has used spectroscopy to study reactions in extreme environments, ranging from photolysis and electron-induced reactions in astrophysical ices to laser-induced drug delivery via nanomachines inside cancer cells. Since joining JPL in 2012, she has focused on radiation-induced chemistry of organics and prebiotic materials. Her work probes complex chemistry in situ at 5 K to 150 K via a unique two-step (two-color) laser ablation and ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry method. This study has already confirmed the production of increasingly complex organics in radiated water ices containing small amounts of nitrogen and carbon-containing species in situ at 5 K, and continues to provide insight into the low-temperature radiation chemistry of icy surfaces such as those of comets, interstellar grains, and planetary bodies (Europa, Enceladus, etc.).
Dr. Henderson hopes to continue to use spectroscopy and mass spectrometry to study chemistry in unique environments (exoplanet atmospheres, icy bodies, radiation-drenched surfaces, etc.), drawing inspiration from astronomical observations to improve laboratory simulations. With wide-ranging applications of this work (e.g. life detection, instrument design, mission planning), her ultimate goal is to contribute towards understanding of the origins of life and habitability in our solar system and beyond.

  • 2011 Ph. D., M.S. (Physical Chemistry), UCLA. Graduate Advisor: Jeffrey I. Zink
  • 2005 B.A. (Chemistry), Lawrence University, Appleton, WI l

Selected Awards
  • 2016 Invited talk, “Frontiers of Solar System Chemistry: Chemistry and Icy Bodies” session, ACS meeting, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2016 Invited talk, “How primitive are comets?” session, Bonn, Germany
  • 2015 Early Career Travel Grant (Outer Planets Assessment Group, OPAG)
  • 2014 American Astronomical Society International Travel Award (Exoplanet Summer Course in the Canary Islands)
  • 2012-2014 NASA Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship
  • 2011 American Chemical Society WCC/Eli Lilly Travel Award
  • 2005-2010 Regents Scholarship, University Fellowship (UCLA)
  • 2009 NASA Group Achievement Award
  • 2001-2005 Hans H. Hartwig Memorial & Trustee Scholarships (Lawrence University)

Selected Publications
  1. Henderson, B.L., Gudipati, M., (2015).  Direct Detection of Complex Organic Products in Irradiated Astrophysical Ice Analogs. The Astrophysical Journal, 800(1), 66.
  2. Henderson, B.L., Gudipati, M.S. (2014).  Plume Composition and Evolution in Multi-Component Ices Using Resonant Two-Step Laser Ablation and Ionization Mass Spectrometry (2S-LAIMS). Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 118 (2014) 5454-5463.
  3. Brown, J.W., Henderson, B.L., Kiesz, M.D., Whalley, A.C., Morris, W., Grunder, S., Deng, H., Furukawa, H., Zink, J.I., Stoddart, & J.F.,Yaghi, O.M. (2013). Photophysical pore control in an azobenzene-containing metal-organic framework. Chemical Physics, 4(7), 2858-2864.
  4. Lau, Y.A., Henderson, B.L., Lu, J., Ferris, D.P., Tamanoi, F., & Zink, J.I. (2012). Continuous Spectroscopic Measurements of Photo-Stimulated Release of Molecules by Nanomachines in a Single Living Cell. Nanoscale, 4(11), 3482-3489.
  5. Kuzmanich, G., Simoncelli, S., Gard, M., Spaenig, F., Henderson, B.L., Guldi, D., Garcia-Garibay, M. (2011). Excited State Kinetics in Crystalline Solids: Self-Quenching in Nanocrystals of 4,4'-Disubstituted Benzophenone Triplets Occurs by an n-Type Mechanism. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133(43), 17296–17306.
  6. George, S., Pokhrel, S., Ji, Z., Henderson, B.L., Xia, T., Linjiang, L., Zink, J.I., Nel, A.E., Mädler, L.  (2011). Role of Fe doping in tuning the band gap of TiO2 for photo-oxidation induced cytotoxicity paradigm.  Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133(29), 11270–11278.
  7. Creilson, J.K., Pippin, M.R., Henderson, B.L., Ladd, I.H., Fishman, J., Votápková, D., & Krpcová, I.  (2008). Surface Ozone Measured at GLOBE Schools in the Czech Republic: A Demonstration of the Importance of Student Contribution to the Larger Science Picture.  Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 89(4), 505–514.
  8. Ow, F.P., Henderson, B.L., & Zink, J.I.  (2007). Multiple Photochemical Reaction Pathways in a Ni(II) Coordination Compound.  Inorganic Chemistry, 46(6), 2243-2248.

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