OfficeChapman Science Academic Center
2012, Ph.D. Chemistry, UC
2006, B.S. Chemistry, California
State University, Sacramento
In addition to teaching chemistry I am a postdoctoral scientist with the
Exobiology Branch at NASA Ames Research Center. My work at Ames is related to
Astrobiology, a field of science that is focused on understanding the origin,
evolution and distribution of life on Earth and throughout the Universe. Our
lab works with ancient extraterrestrial pieces of matter called carbonaceous
meteorites that contain organic compounds. Meteorites are important for
astrobiology because the molecules they contain provide a record to the organic
chemistry that occurred in the early Solar System before the emergence of life
on Earth. I use the tools of organic synthesis and analytical chemistry
to investigate formation mechanisms of a class of meteoritic compounds that
were likely important to the origin of life.
Recent Publications: Cooper, G., and Rios, A.C., Enantiomer excesses of rare and common sugar derivatives in carbonaceous meteorites, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2016, Early Edition Online. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/05/25/1603030113.abstract.