Research specialty: Discovery and atmospheric characterization of transiting exoplanets in the optical and infrared
Bio: Knicole Colón is a research astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She is the James Webb Space Telescope Deputy Project Scientist for Exoplanet Science and also the Deputy Director of the TESS Science Support Center. Knicole has previously worked on the Hubble Space Telescope project, the Kepler and K2 missions, and the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope (KELT) transit survey. She earned her BS in Physics from The College of New Jersey and her PhD in Astronomy from the University of Florida.
Research specialty: Observations of exoplanets and stars
Bio: I entered the exoplanet field before ever entering academia, working as an optical & systems engineer on TMT and SIM at NASA/JPL. After several years I left for graduate school at UCLA, where I pursued infrared characterization of numerous exoplanets. I was a postdoc at the MPIA in Heidelberg, Germany, and was then a Sagan Fellow at the University of Arizona and at UC Santa Cruz. After that I was an Assistant Professor of Physics at MIT, and I have since joined the faculty at the University of Kansas.
Victoria (Vikki) MeadowsResearch specialty: Theory and observations of terrestrial exoplanet evolution, habitability and biosignatures.
Bio: Victoria Meadows is a professor of astronomy at the University of Washington and director of the UW Astrobiology Program. She is the Principal Investigator for the NASA Virtual Planetary Laboratory research team which uses interdisciplinary exoplanet models to understand how to search for life beyond the Solar System. Previously, she worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory with the HST/WFPC-2 Science Team and as a Venus scientist, and at the Spitzer Science Center/ California Institute of Technology as the Solar System Scientist. Victoria has served on several NASA and National Academies Committees developing strategies for the fields of exoplanet, astrobiology and solar system science. She earned her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Sydney.