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Steering Committee (SC) Members

Contact: exoexplorers_sc@jpl.nasa.gov

  • Tiffany Kataria - ExoExplorers
    Tiffany Kataria (chair; JPL)

    Tiffany is a research scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She studies the atmospheres of exoplanets through three-dimensional modeling and comparisons to data observed with HST and Spitzer.

  • Natasha Batalha - ExoExplorers
    Natasha Batalha (NASA Ames)

    Natasha is a research scientist at NASA Ames. Her research focuses on modeling the climate and chemistry of planetary atmospheres, with the goal of determining atmospheric properties from remote spectroscopic observations.

  • Jessie Christiansen - ExoExlorers
    Jessie Christiansen (IPAC)

    Jessie is a research scientist at the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute. She collects exoplanets for the NASA Exoplanet Archive, and investigates planet demographics using Kepler, K2, and TESS.

  • Joshua Pepper - ExoExplorers
    Joshua Pepper (Lehigh University)

    Joshua is a professor in the physics department at Lehigh University. His research involves the detection of transiting exoplanets with small ground-based telescopes (KELT) and small space-based telescopes (TESS).


Organizing Committee (OC) Members

Contact: exoexplorers_oc@jpl.nasa.gov

  • Vanessa Bailey - ExoExplorers
    Vanessa Bailey (JPL)

    Vanessa is a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She enjoys working at the interface between engineering and science as Instrument Technologist for the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope Coronagraph Instrument (Roman CGI).

  • Jennifer Burt - ExoExplorers
    Jennifer Burt (JPL)

    Jennifer is an exoplanet astronomer at JPL, where she focuses on measuring the masses of small exoplanets using precision radial velocity spectrographs on a variety of ground based telescopes.

  • Marie Ygouf - ExoExplorers
    Marie Ygouf (JPL)

    Marie is a Technologist for the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope Coronagraph Instrument at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her research focuses on improving the performance of instruments for direct imaging of circumstellar environments, taking profit of data analysis and of the detailed characterization of the instrumental limitations and calibration capabilities.

  • Rob Zellem - ExoExplorers
    Rob Zellem (JPL)

    Rob is an exoplanet astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory working on ground- and space-based observations of exoplanet atmospheres. He is a member of the Project Science team for the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope Coronagraph Instrument and is the project lead for the Exoplanet Watch citizen science program whereby amateur astronomers monitor transiting exoplanets.